Apr 4, 2012 9:35 PM by Jacqui Heinrich

Chilean court approves controversial dam project

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - Chile's Supreme Court has rejected challenges to a hydroelectric dam project filed by environmental groups.

The court's ruling Wednesday upholds an earlier decision by an appeals court in the southern city of Puerto Montt that the project doesn't violate the constitutional rights of those who challenged it.

The Italian company Endesa and the Chilean firm Colbun propose building five dams on the Baker and Pascua rivers in Patagonia.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera supports the $7 billion project saying it's important for Chile's economic development.

Critics say Chile should develop other forms of renewable energy and have mobilized protests opposing the project.




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