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Fight Far From Over for Patagonia Large Hydro Project

Chile’s Council of Ministers decided earlier this month to uphold the Resolution of Environmental Qualification (RCA) for what will now become the largest hydroelectric project in Patagonia. Despite Chile’s efforts to improve its regulatory process, and put new safeguards into place, the country’s environmental framework is still weak, causing uproar in the Mediterraneo hydroelectric project decision. The project aims to carve out a 40-mile path into the heart of the Andes Mountains into Patagonia. The council’s decision to reject all 27 oppositions was criticized by environmental groups who cited corrupt ties to high-ranking government officials.

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