Another dam project approved for Patagonia: official

May 08, 2012
People protest in front of La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago against a project to build several hydroelectric power stations in the Chilean Patagonia, in 2011. An environmental review commission Tuesday approved construction of another hydroelectric project in Chile's remote and pristine Patagonia region, an officials said.

An environmental review commission Tuesday approved construction of another hydroelectric project in Chile's remote and pristine Patagonia region, an officials said.

The Rio Cuervo project, developed by a joint venture of Australia's Origin Energy and Xstrata Copper, is part of a larger plan to build three dams with a total capacity of 1000-MW in the area around Aysen.

The scheme has drawn protests from environmental groups, who believe it will wreak havoc in the region's unspoiled wilderness.

But Governor Pilar Cuevas said the company had come up with satisfactory responses to "all significant impacts that have been identified."

"So the Environmental Evaluation Commission unanimously approved the Rio Cuervo hydroelectric complex," she said.

Hydroaysen, which wants to build another five in the Aysen region, is already in the final stages of the approval process.

That $3.2 billion project, a joint venture of Colbun and , would generate 2,750 of electricity, but the dams would flood 14,600 acres (5,900 hectares) of pristine land.

The Chilean Supreme Court has given the green light for that project to go ahead.

Explore further: Study casts doubt on climate benefit of biofuels from corn residue

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Chilean court overturns ban on giant Patagonia dam

Oct 07, 2011

A Chilean court on Thursday overturned a three-month suspension of a project to build a giant hydroelectric dam complex in the Patagonian wilderness, which environmentalists say will destroy a unique habitat.

Massive hydroelectric project faces test in Chile

May 09, 2011

A $3.2 billion hydroelectric project billed as key to satisfying Chile's growing energy needs faces a major hurdle Monday as an environmental panel decides whether or not to give it the green light.

Chilean court approves huge Patagonia dam

Apr 04, 2012

Chile's Supreme Court Wednesday removed the last legal obstacle to building a giant $2.9 billion hydroelectric complex in the Patagonian wilderness, rejecting a bid by environmentalists to block it.

Chile court blocks giant Patagonia dam project

Jun 20, 2011

A Chilean court ordered the suspension of a project to build a complex of giant hydroelectric dams in the Patagonian wilderness, bowing to appeals by lawmakers and environmental groups.

Feds: Help fish spawn or remove dams

Mar 30, 2006

U.S. wildlife officials say they will not renew licenses for four hydroelectric dams in California unless steps are taken to help imperiled wild salmon.

Miner Xstrata wins Australia climate test case

Mar 28, 2012

Swiss mining giant Xstrata has won a test case against what is set to be Australia's largest open-cut coal mine, with a court ruling that the economic benefits outweighed its climate change impacts.

Recommended for you

US delays decision on Keystone pipeline project

Apr 18, 2014

The United States announced Friday a fresh delay on a final decision regarding a controversial Canada to US oil pipeline, saying more time was needed to carry out a review.

New research on Earth's carbon budget

Apr 18, 2014

(Phys.org) —Results from a research project involving scientists from the Desert Research Institute have generated new findings surrounding some of the unknowns of changes in climate and the degree to which ...

User comments : 0

More news stories

China says massive area of its soil polluted

A huge area of China's soil covering more than twice the size of Spain is estimated to be polluted, the government said Thursday, announcing findings of a survey previously kept secret.

UN weather agency warns of 'El Nino' this year

The UN weather agency Tuesday warned there was a good chance of an "El Nino" climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean this year, bringing droughts and heavy rainfall to the rest of the world.

Making graphene in your kitchen

Graphene has been touted as a wonder material—the world's thinnest substance, but super-strong. Now scientists say it is so easy to make you could produce some in your kitchen.