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June 11, 2014

Chile rejects $8B dam project in Patagonia

  • The project would have built five dams on the Baker and Pascua rivers in a mostly roadless region of southern Patagonia.
    Associated Press

    SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile's government rejected an $8 billion proposal to dam Patagonian rivers to meet the country's growing energy demands, handing a victory to environmentalists who praised Tuesday's ruling as a landmark moment.

    A ministerial commission rejected the HidroAysen plan, which would have tamed two of the world's wildest rivers and built more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) of power lines to supply energy to central Chile.

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