(June 26, 2013) Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, who hopes to regain power at election time later this year, has come out against Chile’s HidroAysén mega-dam scheme. Most Chileans also oppose the controversial plan that would flood globally rare forest ecosystems, river valleys and farmlands in the country’s southern Aysén region and tame two of the world’s wildest rivers. In a complete about-face from her stance as President, Bachelet openly declared her opposition to the five planned dams in Patagonia in a televised debate.
(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.
(May 12, 2011) Re: “Greening Harper,” Lawrence Solomon, May 7
(May 11, 2011) A complex multi-dam hydroelectric scheme that conservationists fear will destroy the character of one of Chile’s most important wild regions was approved Monday by the Aysén Environmental Review Commission.
(November 8, 2010) International environment groups continue to protest against plans to build dams in Chilean Patagonia.