GOOD NEWS! ENGIE (NuGen) Stopped From Damming the Amazon (for now!)

What do the River Ehen and the River Amazon have in common?  ENGIE the international company who are partners in the NuGen plan for the biggest nuclear development in Europe on the river Ehen are also partners in the plan for one of the largest hydroelectric dams in the world on the River Amazon.

Extract below from Mongabay News

Brazil’s environmental agency, Ibama, has decided not to give an environmental license to the São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric dam, the first of a series of dams planned for the Tapajós river basin. The project’s rejection is seen as a significant victory by the Munduruku indigenous people — whose livelihoods and lands would have been impacted, and by environmentalists.

If it had gone ahead, the 8,000-megawatt São Luiz do Tapajós dam would have been the country’s second largest hydroelectric power station, after the controversial Belo Monte dam, which became operational earlier this year. It would have also been one of the largest hydroelectric dams in the world.

The decision took into consideration reports from the federal attorney’s office (Advocacia-Geral da União, AGU), the indigenous agency Funai and Ibama itself, all of which advised against authorization. The ruling now has to be endorsed by Suely Araujo, the president of Ibama. However, as she is a member of the licensing commission, which voted unanimously against authorization, she is expected to ratify the decision shortly.

While the decision was welcomed by environmentalists and indigenous groups, it is not being well received by others. Luiz Barreto, president of EPE, Brazil’s Energy Research Company, which draws up the country’s energy studies, told the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper (which broke the story on Wednesday) that the dam’s cancellation could increase energy costs: “To do without São Luiz do Tapajós necessarily implies finding other sources of supply, with different costs”.

The São Luiz do Tapajós dam was heavily opposed by the Munduruku Indians, who were alarmed by the impact of the Belo Monte dam on indigenous groups who live beside the Xingu river — the large Amazon tributary to the east of the Tapajós. They’ve lobbied vigorously and effectively against the Tapajós dam. Recently, international NGOs, including Greenpeace, rallied to their campaign.”

Just like Terminator these blood sucking grossly enlarged multinational companies keep coming back so we need to keep RESISTING both here and in the Amazon!!

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