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Tue Jun 10, 2014, 02:21 PM

Chile rejects huge hydro-electric project in Patagonia

Source: BBC News

10 June 2014 Last updated at 13:47 ET
Chile rejects huge hydro-electric project in Patagonia

The Chilean government has rejected what would have been the biggest energy project in the country's history.

The HidroAysen project would have seen five huge dams built on two rivers in a beautiful part of Patagonia.

"This project has many aspects that were poorly thought out," said Energy Minister Maximo Pacheco.

Environmentalists celebrated the decision, saying the project would have had a devastating impact on the area's ecosystem.

"These giant dams would have put at risk the wilderness, traditional culture, and local tourism economy of this remarkable region," said Amanda Maxwell, Latin America project director at the Natural Resources' Defence Council.

Thousands of people had protested against the HidroAysen project.

Environment Minister Pablo Badenier said HidroAysen had made insufficient provision for those who would have been displaced, and the quantification of damage to the environment and wildlife were inadequate.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27788286



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Tue Jun 10, 2014, 02:27 PM

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Tue Jun 10, 2014, 08:29 PM

3. Chile rejects $8 billion HidroAysen dam in Patagonia

Chile rejects $8 billion HidroAysen dam in Patagonia
Luis Andres Henao, The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7:14PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Chile's government rejected an $8 billion proposal to dam Patagonian rivers to meet the country's growing energy demands, handing a victory to environmentalists who praised Tuesday's ruling as a landmark moment.

A ministerial commission rejected the HidroAysen plan, which would have tamed two of the world's wildest rivers and built more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometres) of power lines to supply energy to central Chile.

After a three-hour meeting, Chile's ministers of agriculture, energy, mining, economy and health voted unanimously to reject the project. The committee "decided to side with complaints presented by the community," Environment Minister Pablo Badenier told reporters. "As of now, the hydroelectric project has been rejected."

The project would have built five dams on the Baker and Pascua rivers in Aysen, a mostly roadless region of southern Patagonia where rainfall is nearly constant and rivers plunge from Andean glaciers to the Pacific Ocean through green valleys and fjords.

Patricio Rodrigo, executive secretary of the Patagonia Defence Council, called the decision "the greatest triumph of the environmental movement in Chile."

More:
http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/chile-rejects-8-billion-hidroaysen-dam-in-patagonia-1.1862505#ixzz34HmakkXI

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