Living Green Magazine has one of my favourite by-lines: “where green is read”. Witty, ha?
Here’s my latest article there, thanks for the love, LGM!
Five new hydro-electric dams have been proposed in southern Chile, in the isolated region of Aysen close to Patagonia. The dams would be structured on the wild, raging Pascua and Baker rivers, which are some of the most bio-diverse waterways in the world.
They have the potential to generate enough energy to power Chile’s growing population and double the energy production in 10 years, which, in turn, makes this a highly controversial, large-scale unsustainable exploitation.
The $10-million project by multi-national developer HidroAysten would cause much environmental damage, on the rivers themselves, the nearby parks, as well as all along the 2,000 km-long transmission line which would transport that energy to the northern provinces.
The Chilean media here are reporting that the people are divided on the issue: they may favour the economic prospects, even though they are worried about the environment, but the growth of population has compromised the standards of living.