Thursday, December 3, 2009

Amazon mega dam delayed following protests

Tuira Kayapo, right, leader of the indigenous tribe Kayapo, speaks to Aloysio Guapindaia, left, director of the National Indian Foundation during a public hearing at the Commission of Human Rights of the Federal Senate, in Brasilia, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009.

The auction when companies will bid for contracts to build Belo Monte has been delayed owing to problems in acquiring an environmental licence for the project. If the licence is not granted by January, the construction of the dam will be further postponed, possibly until 2014.

[Photograph by: Eraldo Peres/AP]

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