Before the Decision

Landau, August 2nd, 2009

COREMA, the board of officials responsible for issuing building permits for such projects, intends to decide soon on whether to allow the building of the 600 megawatt (MW) Barrancones power plant. 
The plant is to be built in the immediate vicinity of the Humboldt Penguin Natural Reserve.  The company Suez Energy applied for a building permit in December, 2007 and since then has been going through the environmental impact process.

Eleven of the competent public authorities have raised objections/questions regarding the building plan. One official has said he will vote against the plan, and two officials said they will vote for it. The situation for Suez Energy is thus much worse than that of CODELCO. CODELCO wanted to build an 800 MW power plant (Farellones) near the nature reserve, but retracted its building permit application after questions about its environmental impact were raised.

Will David bring down a second Goliath? We hope so.

Werner Knauf
Translator Erich Greiner

   
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