“Canvas,” Patagonia, Chile. Photo courtesy of: © Makoto Yamashita
May 9th, 2011, Chile’s environmental authorities approved HidroAysén’s proposal to build five dams on two of Patagonia’s wildest rivers, the Baker and the Pascua.
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. The company and the government have lauded HidroAysén and other large conventional energy projects as the best way to meet Chile’s future energy demand…