Brazil court orders work on Amazon dam suspended

August 14, 2012
Activists symbollically occupy an earthen dam over the Xingu River in northern Brazil in June 2012 in protest over the construction of the massive Belo Monte dam project in this photo provided by Amazon Watch. A federal court in Brazil has ordered the suspension of work on Belo Monte, the third largest dam in the world, a court official said Tuesday.

A federal court in Brazil has ordered the suspension of work on the huge Belo Monte hydro-electric dam in the Amazon, the third largest dam in the world, a court official said Tuesday.

The official said the regional federal court ruled that the construction of the dam across the Xingu River should be immediately suspended, as the area's were not consulted before the project began.

Explore further: Brazil approves huge Amazon power plant

Related Stories

Brazil approves huge Amazon power plant

June 1, 2011

Brazilian environmental officials on Wednesday gave their blessing to construction of what will be the world's third largest hydro-electric plant and dam project to be built in the Amazon rainforest.

Brazil's Belo Monte dam better than alternatives: study

December 12, 2011

Brazil's Belo Monte hydroelectric dam in the heart of the Amazon will have fewer environmental effects than fossil-fuel alternatives and will be cheaper than other renewable energy sources, state media said Sunday.

Brazil judge says work can resume at Amazon dam

December 17, 2011

A judge in Brazil on Friday revoked his own order to halt work on a controversial $11 billion dam in the Amazon region, a project that has been criticized by environmentalists and native groups.

Over 150 natives occupy Amazon dam construction site

June 27, 2012

More than 150 indigenous people are occupying one of the construction sites for the huge Belo Monte hydro-electric dam across the Xingu River in the Brazilian Amazon, a local spokesman said Tuesday.

Thai villagers in legal challenge against Laos dam

August 7, 2012

Thai opponents of a planned multi-billion dollar dam in Laos submitted a lawsuit to a court in Bangkok on Tuesday seeking to prevent their country buying power from the hydropower project.

Recommended for you

New study sheds light on end of Snowball Earth period

August 24, 2015

The second ice age during the Cryogenian period was not followed by the sudden and chaotic melting-back of the ice as previously thought, but ended with regular advances and retreats of the ice, according to research published ...

Earth's mineralogy unique in the cosmos

August 26, 2015

New research from a team led by Carnegie's Robert Hazen predicts that Earth has more than 1,500 undiscovered minerals and that the exact mineral diversity of our planet is unique and could not be duplicated anywhere in the ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

The Singularity
not rated yet Aug 15, 2012
Looks to me like they are doing a little more than just ocupying the damn, doesnt it?

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.