Category: Dams and Landslides

China’s Three Gorges dam: An environmental catastrophe?

(April 8, 2008) Fan Xiao, a geologist at the Bureau of Geological Exploration and Exploitation of Mineral Resources in Sichuan province, is quoted saying recent landslides in the Three Gorges area are directly linked to filling the reservoir. Water first seeps into the loose soil at the base of the area’s rocky cliffs, destabilizing the land and making it prone to slides.

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Canadian government responds to Probe’s recommendation that it must take responsibility for role in disastrous Three Gorges Dam

(February 6, 2008) In an open letter to Canadian officials, Probe International called for the government to make amends for failing to warn the Chinese government that the project’s environmental risks would ultimately threaten the lives, property, and economic future of millions of people living along the Yangtze river.

Landslide death toll rises to 34

(December 3, 2007) The death toll in the landslide in central China’s Hubei Province last month has risen to at least 34, after searchers pulled out one more body from the debris early on Monday. The landslide caused an avalanche of about 3,000 cubic meters of rubble that buried a nearby construction site and a bus travelling on State Highway 318, Xinhua reported.

Residents fear China’s Three Gorges dam

(November 27, 2007) Residents in the Three Gorges dam reservoir area fear an increased risk of harm to the environment as a result of the dam’s impacts. One of the biggest concerns currently is that the reservoir’s seasonal water fluctuations have unsettled the delicate geology of the area and that this may escalate the risk of landslides and other dangers.

PRESS RELEASE Canadian government must take responsibility for role in disastrous Three Gorges project, says Probe Internation

(November 21, 2007) In an open letter to Canadian officials, Probe International calls for the government to “make amends for failing to warn the Chinese government that the project’s environmental risks would ultimately threaten the lives, property, and economic future of millions of people living along the Yangtze river.”