UMSA declares the Chepete-Bala project unfeasible

El Diario reports:

Study warns of environmental risk

The document indicates that the construction of the hydroelectric plant will cause a serious impact on the populations of the area, such as Rurrenabaque and San Buenaventura

According to ENDE, the Bala project would guarantee energy sovereignty for our country. Meanwhile, Waldo Albarracín says the consultancy study was never made public

The analysis carried out by the UMSA observes serious risk to the environment if the Bala y Chepete hydroelectric project is executed, and also maintains that the yields are economically doubtful.

The Bala and Chepete hydroelectric plants, located in northern La Paz and part of Beni, could cause serious consequences for the environment and surrounding communities, according to a technical and scientific study conducted by professionals from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA) that declares the construction of the project unfeasible.

The document adds to the opposition current that is against the two hydroelectric plants, which also argue the damage that will be caused to the populations of the area, such as Rurrenabaque and San Buenaventura.

According to information from the National Electricity Company (ENDE), on the website, the El Bala Narrow Hydroelectric project is one of the most historic aspirations in the country, it is a National Interest and Priority project. [Bolivian Thoughts opinion: undeniably, it was an aspiration back in time when we didn’t know about the impact of dams around the world, it was an ideal to follow around mid 20th century … now it is bot viable on many grounds, and even the technology to transport this energy to a far away border with Brazil, makes it unfeasible. The most valuable National Park, the Madidi will be put under serious peril, the most diverse ecosystem will be in danger. And just to please an ochlocrat that dreams with state-owned enterprises, which are not competitive nor sustainable by simple definition.]

“The El Bala hydroelectric project would guarantee energy sovereignty for our country, under the new conception it has multiple benefits. In the case of Protected Areas, National Park and Natural Area of Integrated Management Madidi and the Pilón Lajas Biosphere and Indigenous Territory Reserve,” according to the institutional report.

In this regard, the rector of the UMSA, Waldo Albarracín, indicated that the studies carried out by a consultant were never made public and requested as an academy, but they also received no response. He also warned that if the project is carried out it will imply materializing an ecocide, even the overflow of water will make two towns disappear, Rurrenabaque and San Buenaventura.

Published by Bolivian Thoughts

Senior managerial experience on sustainable development projects.

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