In November another wave of demonstrations on a national and regional level confirmed fierce oppostion to HidroAysén The proposals to build dams on the largest rivers in Chile’s Patagonia region are being kept alive by the government of President Sebastian Piñera. Political pressures to keep the dam proposals alive are in direct contrast to evidence that opposition in Chile to damming the wild rivers in Patagonia has reached a historic high. After a flurry of activity in late November this year, the environmental review process of HidroAysén has been suspended yet one more time, postp
WindsorONE is a small company that endeavors to reduce it's exposure to risk associated with Patagonia dams Company takes steps to distance itself from suppliers who are involved with mega-hydroelectric development in Aysén Region of Chile. The California based company WindsorONE manufactures a variety of wood products at their operations in Southern Chile. This company has recently announced new raw material purchasing policies reflecting their concern about the damage that the Patagonia dams controversy can do to their products and brand. The announcement is posted on a company blog, and
New President Piñera Inherited the Patagonia Dam Controversy from the Previous Administration Washington Post We extend an enormous "gracias ché" to all of you that have participated in our latest Patagonia rivers letter writing campaign. As of this writing, the Chilean government has received almost two thousand email messages from International Rivers supporters, urging President Piñera to "Pull the Plug on Patagonia Dams!" The painful political problems of Patagonia are starting to pile up on President Piñera from other angles as well. Last week the Bloomberg news
Hidroeléctricas frente a ambientalistas POR CLAUDIO PIZARRO Publicado en The Clinic, 5 Agosto, 2010 Las aguas en la Patagonia están más que divididas. La carretera Austral, por estos días, está tapizada de carteles a favor y en contra de las centrales hidroeléctricas. Hidroaysén y Energía Austral, las grandes transnacionales detrás de los megaproyectos energéticos, han desarrollado un intenso proceso de intervención en la zona. También la campaña Patagonia Sin Represas que agrupa a más de 5o organizaciones, entre ellas Greenpeace,la Fundación Pumalin y el vicariato de Aysén. P
An article has been published in Science Magazine about the mega-hydroelectric development threat to Chile's Patagonia. This article is particularly noteworthy because of the analysis that considers the potential impacts of both the massive HidroAysén project, as well as the proposal by Xstrata subsidiary Energía Austral to build another series of large dams in the region of Aysén. The article is worth the read, and is available for download below. Science July23 2010 DamsforPatagonia
Publicado en Eco-Américas Julio 2010 El gobierno de centroderecha del nuevo presidente chileno Sebastián Piñera está acercándose a su primera gran decisión ambiental: si debe aprobar HidroAysén, un controvertido proyecto de US$7,000 millones para construir cinco represas hidroeléctricas sobre dos ríos de la Patagonia chilena. HidroAysén, patrocinada conjuntamente por dos empresas energéticas, la italiana Endesa y la chilena Colbún, debe presentar un segundo adéndum a su declaración de impacto ambiental antes de que se expida una resolución final. La presentación del adéndum,
The opposition to large dams in Patagonia has continued to grow HidroAysén, the hydroelectric mega-project proposed for Chile’s Patagonia, has requested and been granted another suspension in the review of the project’s environmental impact analysis (EIA). The private joint venture of Italy’s Enel and Chile’s Colbún aspires to build 5 dams and a 2,000-kilometer-long transmission line in Chile’s wild and remote Patagonia region, yet the company has now officially requested to have until the end of October 2010 to finish preparing their responses to the more than one thousand comm
Marchers in the southern Chilean city of Temuco participate in a nation wide day of action against dams in Patagonia This past Saturday, June 5, colleagues in Chile marked the annual International Day for the Environment (el Día Internacional del Medioambiente) with a nationwide day of action. This is the second time in less than a year that a nationwide action has been organized against the development of mega-hydroelectric projects in Patagonia. Thousands came out to march for the protection of Chile’s rivers in cities throughout the country, from the capitol of Santiago to Coyhaique
En esta entrevista, realizada en el marco de la Cumbre de los Pueblos "Enlazando Alternativas IV" (Madrid, 14-18 de Mayo de 2010), el ambientalista chileno Juan Pablo Orrego de Ecosistemas explica en tres minutos por qué el megaproyecto de Endesa-Enel en la región de Aysén en la Patagonia Chilena, conocido como HidroAysén, puede tener graves impactos sociambientales en una de las regiones de mayor biodiversidad del mundo.
The June 2010 edition of Outside Magazine has a feature article by Patrick Symmes on the Patagonia Dam issue called The Beautiful and the Dammed. We've made the article available for download for your reading pleasure, as we believe that it is a great article that captures the importance of the Patagonia dam issue and the global significance of Patagonia's cultural and environmental qualities. You can also visit the Outside Magazine website to see a photo gallery with a collection of great images from Patagonia.You can also view a Scribd version of the article here:The Beautiful and The Damme
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