(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.
(March 26, 2008) Justice and Legal Reform in China Conference
(March 12, 2008) China’s State Environmental Protection Agency has urged citizens and corporations to take legal action if threatened by water pollution in the Three Gorges dam area.
(February 20, 2008) Chief engineer of the Three Gorges Reservoir Area Disaster Control Headquarters says the number of landslides and collapses in the dam’s reservoir area have nearly doubled between 2001 and 2003, reports Caijing magazine.
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.
(January 23, 2008) China’s Three Gorges dam operator plans to fill the Three Gorges reservoir to capacity this year despite the risk of more landslides and worsening environmental problems along the Yangtze, the country’s most important river.
(December 29, 2007) Residents in the Three Gorges area are concerned by an increase in landslides as the water level rises in the 410 mile-long reservoir. “Almost all my fears have come true,” says Dai Qing. “The landslides and cracks have made people migrants once again."
(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.
(November 30, 2007) Chinese writer Dai Qing responds to the Chinese government’s campaign to downplay the environmental effects of the Three Gorges dam. “If they’re saying that the landslides have nothing to do with the reservoir than they are telling lies,” she told the BBC.
(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.
(November 23, 2007) Chinese officials have confirmed that a bus carrying as many as 27 people has been discovered buried in a landslide that occurred earlier this week.
(November 22, 2007) In the last ten years or more, over one million people have made way for the Three Gorges dam. Of those that lost land to the Three Gorges reservoir, most were settled onto higher ground while some were moved far away. But the resettlement is not over.
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.”
(November 19, 2007) Last year, Chinese officials celebrated the completion of the Three Gorges Dam by releasing a list of 10 world records. As in: The Three Gorges is the world’s biggest dam, biggest power plant and biggest consumer of dirt, stone, concrete and steel. Ever. Even the project’s official tally of 1.13 million displaced people made the list as record No. 10.
(November 18, 2007) Probe Fellow Dai Qing responds to New York Times readers’ online queries about China’s environmental woes and the Three Gorges dam. This is part four of the New York Times “Choking on Growth” series that looks at the causes and effects of China’s environmental crisis.