Chile: high court blocks Patagonia hydro scheme

Chile's Supreme Court on May 11 issued a ruling blocking construction of the Cuervo hydroelectric dam in Patagonia until further environmental studies have been carried out. The dam was one of three hydroelectric plants proposed by Energía Austral, a private joint-venture between Anglo-Swiss mining giant Xstrata Copper and Australia's Origin Energy, to supply power to copper mines in the area. The court found that the project failed to file a required soil study with the Nati