Macri pushes ahead with dams to environmentalists’ dismay
The government this week approved the construction of two hydro-electric installations in Patagonia that will reshape the local energy market.But the project’s importance extends way beyond this nation’s borders — it will define Argentina’s future relatio
Despite a legal limbo that remains in place for now, the Mauricio Macri administration is seeking to restart as soon as possible the construction of two controversial hydro-electric dams in Pa- tagonia, projects that have been widely questioned by environmental groups but are seen as a necessity if the government is to unblock a greater flow of finances from China to Argentina.
The Néstor Kirchner and Jorge Cepernic dams on the Santa Cruz River were given the green light from the national government this week, after the Energy and Environment Ministries officially approved the construction of the project after carrying out a public hearing and a new environmental assessment report.
The decision leaves the ball in the judicial courts. The Supreme Court paralysed the construction of the dams in De- cember 2016, asking the government for a new hearing and report. Now that both these steps have been completed, the Macri administration wants to break through the legal obstacles that remain and restart the project, perhaps even as soon as this month.
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