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Environmentalists Continue Dam-Busting in Chile’s Patagonia

Jan. 11, 2018, 9:23 PM

Efforts to build hydroelectric dams in Chile’s scenic Patagonia continue to fall to legal challenges focusing on what the projects could do to rivers and wetlands on the sparsely populated tip of South America.

In the latest case, a court in Chile’s southern city of Valdivia revoked a license held by Energía Austral—a joint venture between commodity giant Glencore and Australia’s Origin Energy—to build a large hydroelectric dam in the region of Aysen on the Cuervo River, 1,350 km (839 miles) south of the capital of Santiago.

Energía Austral had failed to sufficiently plan to compensate for forest ...

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