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Supreme Court's split ruling favors HidroAysén, but tides are turning

 
Chile’s Supreme Court made a landmark decision today, voting 3-2 in favor of HidroAysén and against appeals filed by opponents to the large hydroelectric project in Patagonia. This much anticipated and ultimately disappointing ruling shows that big business—particularly in the energy sector—still trumps environmental, social and even legal concerns in Chile. Yet the two dissenting votes also represent hope that these concerns are gaining importance inside the government. Fortunately, HidroAysén is still far from a done deal, with several administrative recourses remaining for opponents of the $10 billion project to continue their appeals. Also, the project’s 1200 mile-long transmission line still has to start the environmental impact review process, which will likely take years.
 

High court suspends Ecopower wind farm on Chiloe Island

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Chile’s Supreme Court suspended on Friday the environmental approval of a controversial wind farm planned for Chiloe Island in southern Chile. Many scientists and environmental groups had expressed concern that the Chilean-Swedish owned Ecopower’s plan to construct 56 wind turbines on Mar Brava beach at Chiloe could threaten one of the most important habitats in the Southern Hemisphere for the endangered great blue whale due to increased boat traffic and possible acoustic contamination from the construction and operation of the wind farm.
 

Baguales Project: Saving wild horses

Recently, we received an email about the "Baguales Proyect" from Nicolas Rouviere, a French photographer who lives in Puerto Varas. 
 
On a trip to southern Tierra del Fuego, Rouviere says he came upon several wild horses in the private park Yendegaia, a 95,000-hectare ex-cattle ranch that the Yendegaia Foundation hopes to one day donate to the Chilean government to form part of nearby Agostini National Park. 
 

La equidad y armonía son una necesidad en Aysén

 
Andres Gillmore - "No quiero ser más chileno, quiero ser Patagón". Esta frase la leí hace unos días en una foto y de verdad me impresiono mucho, de como alguien en tan poco decía tanto y en ella esta el reflejo del sentimiento actual que ha nacido en Aysén.
 

La maldad del alma de Aysén, Chile, Islandia

 
¿Qué tiene que ver Islandia con Aisén y Chile? Depende como se mire, poco o también bastante. Y ante todo, lo ocurrido estos últimos años en Islandia vale como ejemplo.
 
Islandia es un país europeo de 300 mil habitantes, una isla energéticamente independiente, pero su economía es 40 % dependiente por su exportación pesquera.
 

Patagonia Cuisine, the world's best culinary book

For the first time ever Chile has won the international competition that highlights the best culinary books of the world.  This year, the book Patagonia Cuisine published by Gourmet Patagonia was awarded the best culinary book of the year by Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
 

Aisén: Una región movilizada y en suspenso

 
Puchas que cuesta escribir en las actuales circunstancias. Demasiada tensión, demasiado suspenso, demasiados rumores, demasiadas emociones encontradas. También el saber que cualquier cosa que uno exprese libremente, puede ser mal interpretado, herir a alguien. Escribo esto a último minuto, apurado (perdón) ya que los hechos se suceden veloces y lo uno escriba, fácilmente puede quedar fuera de foco.
 
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