Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu: What will it do to the Amazon?

There are ecological disasters happening the world over.  We cannot stop many but we should also be aware of the more destructive of home and environment.  The first is the Three Gorges          Dam in China, the third largest proposed dam is on the Xingu river in Brazil.  This deserves publicity.  Although there are arguments for and against, this dam will cause thousands of indigenous to be removed from their land.


The Power from the dam will be used to further mining/refining interests deep in the Amazon with an influx of workers who will displace the already marginalized indigenous.  Also, all the benefits of world civilization will be inflicted on a relatively untouched part of the forest that cleans our air.

Wiki Belo Monte Dam English

Video with terrific graaphics (Portuguese)

Rio de Janeiro, 3 nov (EFE) .-
Brazilian Indians from 14 ethnic groups today threatened to take actions
"warriors" and kill the workers if the Government starts work on the
hydroelectric plant of Belo Monte, which will be auctioned in December.

"We demand that the government cancel the final implementation of this
power. If you decide to start the construction of Belo Monte, there will be
a warrior action of indigenous peoples of the Xingu," said a letter sent
today by the Indians to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

The authors of the letter warned that, with these actions, "the lives of
workers and indigenous people is at risk" and argued that the responsibility
of the victims will fall on the Federal Government.

The first protest action, taken today and no completion date was the
blocking of a ferry used to cross the river Xingu in an area where a road
cuts off a region of Mato Grosso on the edge of the Amazon.

The letter, signed by 212 tribal leaders, denounced the project of Belo
Monte will bring "irreversible consequences" for the region, which is a
"violation of the rights of the ancestors of the river."

Belo Monte to be built up to the municipality of Altamira, Pará, will have a
capacity of 11,233 megawatts and will be the second largest in the country,
behind the museum, which Brazil shares with Paraguay.

The dam would flood an area of jungle near 440 kilometers square, which
directly and indirectly affect 66 municipalities and 11 indigenous lands,
forcing the displacement of tens of thousands of riparian whose homes will
be flooded, according to construction plans.

The Government marked the bidding for the plant December 21, and is
estimated to require investments of about $ 16 billion.

The project of Belo Monte was born in the 1970s, but was blocked at the time
by the resistance of environmental groups and indigenous peoples.

Since then, the project has undergone structural reforms to reduce the
flooded area in the heart of the Amazon forest, and allow passage of fish
through the construction of canals.

In May 2008, a group of Indians injured an employee Eletrobrás during a
seminar offered to coastal communities of the Xingu to explain the impacts
of the dam. EFE
-- René Haurón (Edgardo S Dal Molin)



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I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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