Students Of The University Of Michigan Study Hidroaysen Qualify As “arbitrary And Incomplete “

They are two conclusions of the report that 17 students and two professors from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Graham Institute at the University of Michigan developed after analyzing the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of HidroAysen, which aims to build five dams on Baker and Pascua rivers. The group made a thorough evaluation of the project that the company admitted in August 2008 the SEIA and received thousands of comments from 34 public services with environmental competence, all of which the society of Endesa and Colbun should meet on 20 October this year. During late February, the delegation visited Concepcion and Aysen, Patagonia Chile, to review the EIA and hold a series of meetings with both executives and the Campaign “Patagonia without dams and local communities. Presented by Steven J. teachers were And Arthur F.

Wright Thurnau, in addition to the coordinator Katherine Wood. “The focus was to analyze the environmental impact study based on completeness, relevance of information and validity “was noted in the report” Sustainable Energy Development in Chilean Patagonia, a Comprehensive Review Environmental Impact Study “, 174 pages, released just weeks ago. Special attention was paid to aspects such as hydrology, sedimentation, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, impacts on communities and tourism. One of his first conclusions was that the EIA lacks an analysis from an ecosystem perspective, since it was subdivided into an individual number of sections in which the impacts were studied sequentially. ” In particular slogan “charted system used to grade the severity of impacts gives the impression of being arbitrary.” The white paper suggests that “there is lack of information in many areas.

The baseline was conducted in a short period of time not possible to gather records to determine the variability of the systems. This is compounded by the limited information pre-existing Patagonian ecosystems, which makes this deficiency is even more complex. ” He points out that “these studies are incomplete adding that a number of important aspects were not even considered.” Another observation is that “lack of details in the field of compensation strategies, repair and mitigation”, exemplifying this by pointing out that in terms of compensation “appears constantly developing the promise of several studies and disseminate their results. This does not fit the definition of compensation provided for the processes of environmental impact assessment. ” Finally, the report points out that the environmental impact study HidroAysen developed independently of the transmission line needed to bring the energy from Aysen to Santiago. “Given the interdependence of these two systems (spread and dams) is inappropriate to separate his analysis,” says on this point. In this regard, counsel for the Defense Council of Patagonia Marcelo Castillo, told Radio Bio Bio said “make observations we have made all the organizations that criticize this project and have also been made by public services.” Winner of the Pulitzer article research students in the Patagonia caught the attention of the journalist Sheryl James, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1991, who wrote a review about your trip and experience.


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