El Dorado

Project Phase: 

Operations effectively halted in July 2008. In April 2017, following the enactment of the Law on the Prohibition of Metallic Mining, OceanaGold (through its subsidiary, Minerales Torogoz) announced that it would exit the country. The OceanaGold website states that project closure procedures were completed on 15 September 2017. However, as per field research conducted for The Legal Cultures of the Subsoil project in June 2018, the company still maintained facilities and personnel in Cabañas.

Exploration Start Date: 
Exploitation Start Date: 
Not started
Extraction Type: 
El Salvador
Natural Resource: 
Municipality, Department: 
San Isidro, Cabañas
Central America
Political Actions: 

Council of Canadians/Blue Planet Project, Institute for Policy Studies, Maritime Union Australia, MiningWatch Canada, and OXFAM, "Debunking Eight Falsehoods by Pacific Rim Mining/OceanaGold in El Salvador", dated March 2014, online: https://ips-dc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Eight-Falsehoods-Final-March-17-2014-WEB.pdf, accessed 1 December 2020.

El Salvador Times, "Minera se va de El Salvador", dated 2 April 2017, online: http://www.elsalvadortimes.com/articulo/politicos/minera-va-salvador/20170330185726019909.html, accessed 1 December 2020.

GeoResources, "OceanaGold Agrees to Acquire Pacific Rim Mining", dated 10 October 2013, online: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/oceanagold-agrees-to-acquire-pacific-rim-mining-tsx-pmu-1838763.htm, accessed 1 December 2020.

Global Investment and Business Center, "El Salvador Mining Laws and Regulations Handbook, Volume 1, Strategic Information and Regulations" (2013), p. 40.

OceanaGold, "El Dorado Project", online: https://oceanagold.com/our-business/closure/el-dorado-project/, accessed 1 December 2020.

Pacific Rim Cayman LLC, Notice of Intent to Submit a Claim to Arbitration, dated 9 December 2008, online: https://www.italaw.com/sites/default/files/case-documents/ita0590.pdf, accessed 1 December 2020.