The Americas: Chile: Patagonia Dams Rejected

Associated Press: A government commission rejected an $8 billion proposal to dam Patagonian rivers to meet growing energy demands, handing a victory to environmentalists who praised the ruling on Tuesday. The commission, including the ministers of agriculture, energy, mining, economy and health, voted unanimously to reject the HidroAysén plan, which would have tamed two of the world’s wildest rivers, the Baker and Pascua, and built more than 1,000 miles of power lines to supply energy to central Chile. Patricio Rodrigo,......

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