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River Raven

After about 45 minutes the demonstrators retreated peacefully. The day’s activities came together in a cultural artistic meeting in defense of Patagonia that developed later that day in Coyhaique pentagonal square with the participation of Verbal inheritance, Duo Trapananda, Hugo Mancilla, Clorindo Bilbao and Palo pa Rumba, among other regional artists to conclude, at nightfall, with cinema outdoor exhibiting documentaries on environmental and social issues. In complement to these activities prior to noon was held in Santiago a manifestation questioning support of the Energia Minister Ricardo Raineri HidroAysen, energy Austral and the thermoelectric Castilla. Actions continued on Saturday in Puerto Montt with a meeting citizen carried out between 15: 00 and 18: 00 hours in the main square of the city and which was attended by more of a hundred people. Vacuum legal complicates processing of HidroAysen several hours earlier, near noon, Attorney Marcelo Castillo accompanied by the Coordinator of the Coalition ARV, Peter Hartmann, and the executive director of Chileambiente, Executive Secretary of the Council of defence of Patagonia (CDP), Rodrigo Patricio, presented on behalf of a dozen regional and national organizations an appeal to stop the processing of HidroAysen. Also participated in this action the President of ecosystems and international coordinator of the CDP, Juan Pablo Orrego. As expressed Castillo to the output of the today we present two requests to the Commission on environmental assessment asking that be declared incompetent to know the Aysen hydroelectric project and, in subsidy from the above, that reject the draft by all the shortcomings and Illegalities that has.

He explained that the law 24.417 which established the Ministry of environment and the is has a loophole because it contemplated not projects which were in environmental assessment at the effective date of this law could be known by the new institutional framework. In particular, he noted, today there is no evaluator organ of these studies nor the dam River Raven energy Austral and all the projects that are in a similar situation. Pointed out the professional that the legal consequence of this situation is that the company must present a new study to undergo new institutionality.