International Relations Center: Damming Patagonia's Rivers: A Dirty Energy Business

Friday, May 23, 2008
Originally published by Americas Program, Center for International Policy The Pascua River, in Chilean Patagonia, has many qualities that have kept its stunning, rugged beauty intact and virtually unknown—so far. Only one road leads anywhere near the Pascua, and that's a rough road that takes you to the end of the river's course. To get to the head of the Pascua, because of the impassable terrain along both its sides, you have to backtrack up that lonely road and travel away from the river and into the town of Villa O'Higgins, located near Chile's border with Argentina. There you catch a r

Home Depot in Middle of Patagonian Dam Debate

Sunday, May 18, 2008
Originally published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Five years after signing an agreement to protect Chile's native forests, Home Depot is being accused by an environmental group of reneging on the spirit of the pledge.The group, International Rivers based in Berkeley, Calif., is asking Home Depot to pressure two of its Chilean wood suppliers to abandon a controversial dam project in Patagonia. The Chilean region is cherished by environmentalists as one of the world's last great wilderness expanses.But Home Depot believes International Rivers is barking up the wrong tree, so to speak.The

Help Save Patagonia’s Rivers! International Day of Action for Rivers, March 13

Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Two of Chile’s most spectacular rivers - the Baker and Pascua - are threatened by plans to build five large dams that will flood rare temperate rainforest, habitat for several endangered species, as well as some of Patagonia’s best ranching lands. The power lines needed to transport the electricity would require one of the world's longest clearcuts -much of it through untouched temperate rainforests of a type found nowhere else on the planet. International Rivers - a group dedicated to protecting rivers and the rights of people dependent on those rivers - is working with Chilean envir

Free with 84 Lumber Wood Products: Controversy from Chile

Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Pennsylvania Company’s Chilean Wood Buying Threatens Two Pristine RiversOne of Pittsburgh’s best known corporate citizens, 84 Lumber Company, has gotten itself entangled in a furor over plans to dam two unspoiled and spectacularly beautiful rivers in Chilean Patagonia. 84 Lumber buys wood products made by the Matte Group, a Chilean company deeply involved in the dam plans. And now an international campaign – led by International Rivers and supported by Pennsylvanian environmental activists – is urging 84 Lumber to sever its ties to the controversy.Country singer Dana Lyons—whose song

Atlanta Earth Day Performer to Home Depot: You Can Do It. We Can Help.

Thursday, April 17, 2008
“Cows with Guns” country singer Dana Lyons Urges Atlanta-based Company to Cut Ties with Controversial Chilean Dam Plan.Over 10,000 people are expected at Zoo Atlanta on Saturday, April 19, and that is where country singer and activist Dana Lyons will kick off the Zoo’s “Party for the Planet” by calling on Atlanta’s most famous citizen, Home Depot, to end its relationship with a growing environmental controversy in Chile. Home Depot currently purchases wood products from a company deeply involved in an attempt to dam two rivers in Patagonia—one of the most beautiful natural areas


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