Santiago de Chile, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Tension prevailed in Chile on Monday leading up to a vote on the controversial HidroAysen Mega-Energy Project, questioned by the Chilean people due to its impact on the environment.
The project includes the construction of five dams in Patagonia, and has sparked demonstrations in several cities including the capital.
The government says the decision of the technical commission expected to vote on the project Monday should be respected, and called for respect for the country’s institutionalism and consideration of its urgent energy needs.
However, renowned Chilean politicians and social figures cast doubt on the speech of the government and oppose the project, saying Patagonia is a major world heritage site.
Environmental organizations like Greenpeace and Chilean Patagonia: Without Dams has warned that some 30 national parks, reserves, wetlands and protected areas will be damaged.