Tell Chile’s President to Promote Sustainable Energy, Not HidroAysén
Chilean officials granted environmental approval for the HidroAysén project in May 2011, which would build five mega-dams on two of Patagonia’s wildest rivers. Yet the project is far from a done deal.
One of the two owners of HidroAysén – Chilean power company Colbún – announced in May 2012 that it wants to indefinitely suspend plans to submit the EIA for the 1,912-km-long transmission line required to send the hydropower to the capital of Santiago, due to a lack of political agreement in the country around energy planning, thereby making the US$3.2 billion mega-dams an even riskier investment. Without the transmission line, the HidroAysén dams would be useless.
President Piñera can still renounce HidroAysén and big dam development, and instead show Chile as a world leader by creating a truly sustainable future based on democratic participation, respect for human rights, energy efficiency and non-conventional renewables like solar, wind and geothermal power.
Take action – send a letter to President Piñera in solidarity with the 72% of Chileans who are against damming Patagonia.