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News Picks : Chilean government rejects massive hydroelectric project

By: Physics Today
11 June 2014
BBC: The HidroAysen project proposed to build five large dams on two rivers in Patagonia in the Aysen Region of Chile. It would have been the largest energy project in the country's history. However, the proposal received lots of criticism for the potential damage to the wilderness in one of the country's largest tourist destinations. According to Environment Minister Pablo Badenier, the proposal did not adequately evaluate the environmental damage that would have been caused by the construction of the dams and the resulting lakes. Nor did it provide fair support for populations that would have been displaced.


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