Recently Chile's environmental authorities approved HidroAysén's proposal to build five dams on two of Patagonia's wildest rivers. The 11-to-one vote ended an almost three year review process for what has become the biggest environmental controversy in the country's history.
Given the low quality of HidroAysén’s environmental impact assessment, the procedural irregularities and recent charges of misconduct among actors during the review, new technical studies proving the growing viability of other energy options, and the question of the 1300 mile-long transmission line needed to carry the dams' 2750 MW to the main grid, this decision was an unfortunate step backward for Chile.
The Chilean people are letting the Government know about the disappointing decision, numerous protests are going on all over the country, some violent, some peaceful.
Protestas 21 Mayo, 2011.