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Latin America Climate, Energy and Environment News: Week of 5.9

On Monday, HidroAysén’s hydroelectric proposal in Patagonia was approved after a nearly three year review process . Immediately following the decision, protests broke out throughout the country, and polices responses have been called harsh and unnecessary , particularly in Santiago where dozens were arrested on Monday and again on Friday amidst water and tear gas . Protests also broke out internationally , in the US , Italy (home of one of HidroAysén’s major parent companies, ENEL ). President Piñera supported the approval of HidroAysén , maintaining his position that the project is necessary for the country’s future energy demand. (AP 5/9/2011; Bloomberg News 5/9/2011; CNN Chile 5/14/2011; MercoPress 5/13/2011; Santiago Times 5/13/2011; La Nación 5/11/2011; CNN Chile 5/10/2011; Tele 13 5/11/2011) A proposed law is currently before Congress which would fast track the appro...

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