Thousands of Chileans protest new hydropower project
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Thousands of Chileans protest new hydropower project

Thousands of people in Chile continue to protest against a hydropower project that they say will endanger their water supply.

The protesters marched Saturday through the streets of Santiago banging drums and waving banners against the construction of the Alto Maipo project.

The 531 megawatt project is expected to be developed some 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of the capital city.

Chile is strapped for energy, but there’s strong opposition to large coal-fired plants and hydroelectric projects due to environmental concerns

In June, the government handed a victory to environmentalists by rejecting HidroAysen. The $8 billion proposal would have dammed two of the world’s wildest rivers in a southern region of green valleys and fjords in order to meet Chile’s growing energy demands.

Associated Press