December 2008

Patagonia mega-dam project delayed

After BioGems Defenders sent almost 20,000 messages to the Chilean government opposing a mega-dam project on the Baker and Pascua rivers in Patagonia, government officials agreed to delay any consideration of the project for at least nine months. The massive hydroelectric scheme would flood thousands of acres of critical wildlife habitat and require a 1,400-mile transmission line that would cut through old growth forests, national parks, and two wilderness reserves. NRDC will continue to push the Chilean government to abandon the dam project entirely and pursue a sustainable energy future for the country.