An virtually decade-long effort that started as a small grassroots marketing campaign and grew to a world effort to cease dam development on two of Patagonia’s most wild and celebrated rivers has lastly come to an finish. Yesterday, Chile’s Group of Minsters, its highest administrative authority, made a unanimous choice to formally cancel the HidroAysén plan, a $8 billion mission which sought to construct a 5 dam hydroelectric era system on the nation’s Baker and Pascua Rivers. The Baker and Pascua rivers movement by Aysen in Patagonia, a principally roadless, distant area of Chile the place highly effective rivers that teem with wild trout descend from their Andean roots flanked by glaciers and course their option to the ocean by breathtaking mountainous surroundings and luxurious inexperienced countryside.
Confluence of the Baker and Neff Rivers in Patagonia, which might have been flooded as a reservoir if dam development had gone ahead (picture: James Q. Martin.
Based on Worldwide Rivers, “the Committee, which consists of the Minister of Surroundings, Well being, Economic system, Power and Mining, Agriculture, and Tourism, evaluated 35 appeals which have been filed by the Patagonia Protection Council and native residents in response to the mission’s Environmental Impression Evaluation after it was accredited in Could 2011. Although it [took] greater than three years, with conferences and choices being repeatedly delayed and finally handed on to the brand new administration, [the] choice is a recognition of the technical and procedural flaws surrounding HidroAysén in addition to the numerous impacts the mission would have had on certainly one of Chile’s most iconic areas.”
The folks of Chile have been vehemently in opposition to to the mission because it was proposed, with over 75% of Chilean residents against the HidroAysén plan being accredited.
Patricio Rodrigo, Government Secretary of the Patagonia Protection Council famous, “The federal government’s definitive rejection of the HidroAysén mission shouldn’t be solely the best triumph of the environmental motion in Chile, however marks a turning level, the place an empowered public calls for to be heard and to take part within the choices that have an effect on their setting and lives.”
As an alternative choice to energy manufacturing in Aysen, Chilean officers have indicated that the federal government will concentrate on power effectivity and sustainability by the usage of renewable power sources in addition to elevated import of pure gasoline from Argentina.