Three Gorges Probe

Blogger discredits claims there are two undammed rivers in China

(May 25, 2009) There’s an interesting posting over at the Asian Energy blog. The author quickly discredits claims that there are two undammed rives in China. He also credits Probe International as being one the leading voices of criticism concerning the central government’s quest to build large dams.

Before I go further on this topic, I want to quickly bring up this notion of “two undammed rivers of China”. This Times article quotes an activist saying that the Salween “is one of only two rivers in China that have not yet been dammed.” I think the activist is assuming Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) to be the other undammed river. Chinese officials have made statements in the past that there are no dams on the main stream of the Brahmaputra River. This is misleading because China is building a 510 MW hydro project on the mainstream of the river, about 140 km southeast from Lhasa, between Zangs-Ri (Sangri) and rGya-Tsha (Jiacha) counties.

Probe International, May 25, 2009

Categories: Three Gorges Probe

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