Patagonia Rising

Brian Lilla’s documentary Patagonia Rising tells the story of HidroAysen’s controversial plan to build five dams on the Baker and Pascua Rivers in Chilean Patagonia (see previous post) – or, to borrow the film’s subtitle, ‘a frontier story of water and power’. The film received its world premiere on the 1st of May 2011 at …

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Dams approved in Chilean Patagonia

So, after five years of protests from local and international campaigns, and despite the fact that 61% of the Chilean population are against the project, HidroAysen’s controversial dam proposal for Chilean Patagonia has been approved by the Chilean Government. Despite serious conflicts of interest on the part of members of the Environmental Review Commission – …

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Patagonia without dams

Thousands of people took to the streets in Chile yesterday – 3500 in Santiago alone – to protest against government plans to allow dams to be built in spectacularly beautiful, unspoilt areas of Patagonia. The proposed damming of the Rio Baker and Rio Pascua by HidroAysen has been debated for quite some time – and …

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