Judge stops dam in Brazil Amazon

2011-09-29 22:34

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.

  • CTScientist - 2011-09-30 07:13

    Good call, Judge Carlos Eduardo Martins. Let us just hope that the Brazilian Government do not blindly allow an area with the highest biodiversity in the world to be so easily threatened. Yes, cleaner energy is important. But destroying parts of the Amazon to do so, as well as ignoring the wishes of resident indigenous communities who would be affected by the construction of the dam, is just criminal.

      Taurusaurus - 2011-09-30 08:39

      Well said, and 100% agreed!

      Bones - 2011-09-30 10:36

      Just give the indigenous people a t-shirt each......Voila!

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