(February 7, 2005) Patricia Adams, Executive Director of Probe International, addressed a Congressional-Executive Commission on China roundtable in Washington on Feb. 7: ‘We believe projects like Three Gorges can be built only in the absence of good information about their real costs and benefits, and in the absence of an informed public debate.’ See her statement.
Chapter 3: A flood of troubles
(September 26, 2004) Endorsed by Green Earth Volunteers, Institute of Environment and Development, Green Island, Global Village of Beijing, Friends of Nature, Partnership for Community Development, Global Environment Institute, Alashan SEE Ecology Association and Beijing Brooks Education Centre.
(June 29, 2004) Farmers who would be displaced by the controversial Nu River scheme were shocked at how people resettled a decade ago have fared: ‘We don’t like to see a situation where dams make power companies and governments richer, and poor people only poorer.’
(June 16, 2004) Dozens of landslides in the Three Gorges reservoir area have claimed the life of a train driver, destroyed hundreds of houses and forced more than 40,000 people to flee their homes, the Chongqing Evening News reports.
(January 16, 2004) Villages near the Three Gorges dam were plunged into darkness after a transmission tower was toppled in a construction accident last week, the Anhui-based Jianghuai Morning Post (Jianghuai chenbao) reports.
(December 18, 2003) Two civil engineering professors at Wuhan University believe that earthquakes in the Three Gorges reservoir area are a real cause for concern, and call for more resources to be put into investigating the region’s seismic problems.
(November 21, 2003) Xiong Deming became a media star in China recently after the Premier himself suddenly appeared in her village and pledged to help her husband collect back-pay owing from a local contractor.
(September 16, 2003) An old landslide threatens a primary school, a school for the disabled and 1,800 people living near the old county seat of Yunyang.
(August 1, 2003) A respected Chinese publication investigates why more than one-third of the country’s dams and reservoirs are considered dangerous, and quotes a top hydropower engineer as saying, "There is something wrong with the whole management system."
(June 26, 2003) ‘The real danger comes from active faults in the vicinity of the dam site,’ which is located near six fault lines, a senior engineer warns in a recent Chinese newspaper report.
(June 12, 2003) Residents of Badong, Wushan and Fengjie are working around the clock to strengthen the foundations of their new towns, which are being built in a geologically fragile region prone to landslides and riverbank collapses.
(May 30, 2003) As China prepares to begin filling the Three Gorges reservoir on June 1, a senior member of the project inspection team has acknowledged that some of the cracks that were repaired at great expense on the upstream face of the dam have reopened.
(May 9, 2003) Investors should be very wary of involvement in the Three Gorges dam, which requires constant government protection and coddling, and lacks inherent value and economic viability.
(April 25, 2003) Although dam failures have brought about ‘unforgettable nightmares,’ the monitoring of dam safety in China is hampered by a severe shortage of funds and personnel, a Chinese newspaper reports.