Judge stops dam in Brazil Amazon
Sao Paulo - A Brazilian judge has suspended work on a massive hydroelectric dam in the Amazon jungle state of Para.
Judge Carlos Eduardo Martins says he halted construction of the $11bn dam because it would harm fishing activities on the Xingu River where it is being built. His ruling was posted on Thursday on a court website.
The Norte Energia consortium that is building the Belo Monte dam says it has not been informed of the ruling, which will probably be appealed.
The dam would be the world's third-largest hydroelectric energy producer. The government says it will provide clean, renewable energy but environmentalists fear the project will lead to more dams in the Amazon, creating development and faster deforestation.