Tortel Compensation

The Mayor of Tortel, to submit observations from your municipality to the study of environmental impact (EIA) of HidroAysen, expressed that a large part of the community of Tortel, who we were born on this earth, we believe that this project will be very harmful if it is that it is to materialize, in the cultural field, environmental issues, the impact will be tremendous. The Mayor, who arrived last week to Coyhaique to present the document to the service of environmental assessment, reaffirmed that it is a bad thing for the region project. In this sense, recalled the initiatives of this type that have been developed in other districts of the country, like the Alto Bio Bio, where today there is great poverty, progress that was promised on that occasion did not ever, and it has not yet come, and not going to get either because already hence companies retreated and we don’t want that same thing happening with our people in Patagonia. The comments in the document, which reflected the main observations, is questioned the impact on the sector of the Salton trough of Baker River where HidroAysen aims to build the wall of the central Baker 2, pointing out that if it affects the tourism product of the loss of a specific attraction does not mention may be as compensation the repair of the landscape or a conservation area which is intended to compensate other impacts. Adds that improve a circuit that would lose its main attraction corresponds to a measure of mitigation rather than compensation, mitigation refers to moderate effects caused, the compensation to compensate an irremediable prejudice, as that would cause loss of the jumpy of Baker River.

Being so, prompted the holder complement specific compensation measures for the loss of the tourist attraction, which are complementary to mitigation measures. Another point relates to the extraction of aggregates, where prompted the company to comply with the request made on numerous occasions by the DGA and up now it has not been considered defining the course of rivers whereas 100 years of return. This is of particular relevance for the proper risk assessment product of GLOF phenomena and other large floods, which could get worse in case of being flooded areas of aggregate extraction. Also, he speaks bonding company with directly affected villagers living in the commune, so avoid an unequal relationship between the parties. Monday 25 April the deadline having public services to submit comments, after which it is likely that you develop the consolidated evaluation report, on which the environmental assessment Committee should vote before May 16 its approval or rejection of the EIA.