(July 4, 2012) Chile’s HidroAysén mega-dam scheme is suddenly on hold as one of the owners of the controversial dam scheme suspends its support for the risky project.
EDC releases internal documents to Probe International under Access to Information, but reveals little: UPDATE
(February 27, 2009) Heavily censored data keeps tight lip on Canadian investments in Chile.
(May 10, 2011) Activists fear ecological haven will be destroyed but government says project is vital for economic growth
(May 10, 2011) Dam projects are drawing increased criticism in South America, which boasts three of the world’s four biggest hydroelectric dam complexes. Chile is pushing forward with a $7 billion dam project.
(May 9, 2011) The HidroAysen dam project in Patagonia is awaiting government signoff.
(January 23, 2011) It was touch-and-go for Export Development Canada last October when Bill C-300, which would have cut off EDC funding of Canadian mining companies that violate human and environmental rights in Third World countries, was narrowly defeated in the House of Commons.
(November 8, 2010) International environment groups continue to protest against plans to build dams in Chilean Patagonia.
(June 8, 2010) This past Saturday, June 5, colleagues in Chile marked the annual International Day for the Environment (el Día Internacional del Medioambiente) with a nationwide day of action.
(January 25, 2010) With its glacier-carved peaks and fjords, southern Chile remains one of the wildest places on Earth. But that could soon change.
(December 12, 2009) Twenty-three hundred kilometres of transmission lines, to be built by Transelec Chile SA (investors include the CPP Investment Board, the British Columbia Investment Management Corp. and Toronto conglomerate Brookfield Asset Management Inc.), would require the world’s longest clear-cut up through the heart of Patagonia’s untouched temperate forests.
(December 9, 2009) A recent article in Pique highlights concerns about the involvement of the Canadian-owned company Transelec in a hydro electric project in Chile’s Patagonia region. The project, which plans to build five dams and 2,300 km of transmission lines with a parallel highway that would pass through 14 legally protected natural areas, has been criticized by environmentalists in the country and around the world, as well as business leaders.
(October 19, 2009) A multi-million PR blitz by the owners of HidroAysen had little impact in making the project attractive to the region’s 11 Senate candidates.
(July 2, 2009) Long a source of serious environmental concerns, Chile’s controversial HidroAysén dam project is now being questioned along technical lines as well. Despite its billing as a “national priority” critics say that from a basic supply and demand perspective, the multi-billion-dollar hydroelectric plan is simply unnecessary.
Canada pension fund urged to abandon Chilean transmission scheme Eco groups call it harmful and unnecessary
(June 21, 2009) Probe International is calling on the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Investment Board to halt its investment in a controversial hydro transmission project in Chile’s Patagonia region. The CPP is currently listed as an investor in a 1,500-mile (2,400 kilometres) transmission project designed to handle power from five proposed hydroelectric dams in the Chilean Patagonia.
(June 18, 2009) In a letter submitted yesterday to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, environmental group Probe International urged CEO David Denison to abandon a controversial hydro-transmission scheme in southern Chile’s Patagonia region.