A Flood of Energy Projects Clash with Mexican Communities

Cascada de Las Monjas, Xico, Veracruz, Mexico. Photo source: ©© Sergio Lubezky


Since January, villagers and townspeople near the Los Pescados river in southeast Mexico have been blocking the construction of a dam, part of a multi-purpose project to supply potable water to Xalapa, the capital of the state of Veracruz.

The dam has a planned capacity of 130 million cubic metres, a reservoir surface area of 4.13 square kilometres and a cost of over 400 million dollars. It is one of more than a hundred dams planned by federal and state governments, which are causing conflict with local communities…

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