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The International Hydropower Association (IHA) just launched the “Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol” (HSAP) at its bi-yearly Congress in the town of Foz do Iguaçú, Brazil, last week. The Protocol is in reality only a scorecard that rewards hydropower companies and financiers with a greenwashed stamp of approval; it does not represent a true step towards the actual practice of sustainability in the sector.
In April I went to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s office in Washington DC. Nancy is my representative and I was there to talk about her duty to protect U.S. communities and waterways from toxic mountaintop removal mining pollution.
My friend Erica was in the room with me. Erica lives in the Kentucky mountains, and her community is not being protected — she illustrated this by recounting the horror she felt on discovering that the water that she had bathed her small child in for years contained arsenic levels many times above the ‘safe’ level. It had been contaminated by surface coal mining.
This morning saw a great success for the legal team working in Chile to stop the destructive HidroAysén project in Patagonia.
The Appelate Court in Puerto Montt accepted three recursos de protección – roughly equivalent to injunctions – which means that the project is on hold for up to three months until these issues are resolved.
These recursos are an important and welcome addition to the
ongoing Chilean and international campaign to stop these unnecessary
dams in the breathtaking corner of the world known as Patagonia.