Construction of controversial Amazonian dam blocked by court

The construction of a controversial dam in the Amazon area was blocked by court order (according to Latin American Herald Tribune) just two weeks ago.

The dam would have been the world third largest dam and its construction had already started in 2011, when suddenly Brazil’s first regional court put a stop to its building. This looks like good news for the local indigineous population, who has been protesting against the construction since the begining. Farmers, fishermen, the local people and enviromentalists have expressed their concerns related to the disastruous effects that this dam will bring, such as flooding an area of 503 square kilometres and affecting around 60 communities. The judge has decided not only to stop the construction but also decided to fine the company with 228,000 dollars a day if they don’t respect the decision.

Watch here a video about the protests and more details about the dam and how it’s going to affect the environment.


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