Hydroelectric Megaplant at Risk in Costa Rica

Complaints by indigenous natives from the El Diquís area are jeopardizing the project.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The native peoples in the area where the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) intends to develop a mega hydroelectric power generation say their land has been usurped without right.

For its part, the ICE assures that for the time being they are only performing exploratory excavations and are not constructing as some representatives of the group of indigents have claimed.

The article by Mercedes Aguero, for The Nation, notes that: "the ICE intended initially, only to promote the hydroelectric initiative, but has ended up recognizing that the complexity of the issue requires the intervention of the Government and its institutions .

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