Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla's administration decided to say no to oil exploitation in this Central American nation's territory, declaring a three-year moratorium on the activity on Aug. 1. The measure covers the remainder of the administration's four-year term (2010-2014), and it came amid loud protests from environmentalist quarters angered by news about a possible signing, by the Chinchilla administration and the US-based Mallon Oil Company, of a contract allowing the latter to explore and eventually exploit the oil and gas it might find in Costa Rica's northern region, bordering Nicaragua.
Rodríguez, George. "Costa Rica Decrees Moratorium on Oil Exploitation for Remainder of President Chinchilla's Term." (2011). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/la_energy_notien/69