Brazil court orders halt to work on $11 bln mega-dam

Sep 29, 2011
Representatives of indigenous tribes and environmental activists carry out a demonstration in Sao Paulo against the construction of Belo Monte dam, in August. A federal court in Brazil ordered a halt in construction at the dam, finding that it would disrupt fishing by local indigenous people.

A federal court in Brazil has ordered a halt in construction at the controversial $11 billion Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, saying it would disrupt fishing by local indigenous people.

The project has drawn international criticism, including from Oscar-winning movie director James Cameron of "Avatar" fame, who said indigenous tribes in the could turn to violence to block construction.

Para state federal judge Carlos Eduardo Castro Martins on Wednesday barred Norte Energia from "building a port, using explosives, installing dikes, building canals and any other infrastructure work that would interfere with the natural flow of the Xingu River, thereby affecting local fish."

The Belo Monte dam is portrayed by Brazil's government as a key piece of its plan to boost national energy production needed for one of the world's fastest-growing .

It would be the third biggest dam in the world, after China's Three Gorges construction and the Itaipu dam on the border of Brazil and Paraguay.

The construction ban should be valid from the date that Norte Energia receives notification, likely next week, a federal justice spokesman said.

If the company fails to comply, it would be fined 200,000 reais (about 109,500 dollars) a day, officials said.

Construction that does not affect local fishing, including home building, can continue, the judge also ruled.

The company still may appeal the ruling.

The government had pledged to minimize the environmental and social impact of the dam and asserted that no traditional indigenous land was to be affected.

But in April, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) asked Brazil to "immediately suspend the licensing process" for the dam, and called on it to protect indigenous peoples in the Xingu River basin whose lives and "physical integrity" would be threatened.

The dam would divert 80 percent of the Xingu River's flow to an artificial reservoir, "potentially leading to the forced displacement of thousands of people," the Amazon Watch nonprofit, which fights for indigenous peoples' rights and to protect the environment in the Amazon, says on its website.

But in June, the Brazilian government granted an installation license for the dam, clearing the way for construction to start.

Since he finished working on "Avatar," Cameron has made three trips to the region in the Amazon where the dam is to be built to draw attention to the issue. British pop singer Sting has also given his support to the cause.

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Nanobanano
1 / 5 (1) Sep 29, 2011
Environmental extremists are a big part of our problems right now.

You can't do anything, anywhere in the world, without somebody claiming the project is going to destroy the entire ecology.

No solar farms because it might kill the deserts....

Now no dam because it might harm fish?! Seems preserving more water in a reservior should increase fisheries, if managed properly...
omatumr
1 / 5 (4) Sep 30, 2011
infrastructure work interferes with the natural flow of the Xingu River


Hear! Hear! Environmental extremists act as religious bigots.

Governments around the globe have ignored the will of the people in pushing unscientific dogma as consensus "science."

Only yesterday the German journalist the German, Quirin Schiermeier, published WikiLeaks "news" in Nature magazine that UNs Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is but a fig leaf for wealth transfers from industrialized nations to poor developing nations:

www.powerlineblog...arce.php

www.nature.com/ne...20110929

Thanks for the story,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo
http://myprofile....anuelo09
Ethelred
not rated yet Oct 03, 2011
The Spammer strikes again. How many threads this time?

So just how do Neutron Stars form when neutron repulsion is alleged by you to be so powerful that it stops Black Holes from forming no matter how large the mass?

Ignoring the question won't magically make you right Oliver. The ideas are contradictory and I bet even the Plasma Universe Cranks can see that now that it has been pointed out.

Ethelred

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