Belo Monte Dam

Press Release | Breaking News: Brazil’s Environmental Agency Denies Operating License to Controversial Belo Monte Dam

Indigenous people occupy Belo Monte Dam project in 2012.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Indigenous people occupy Belo Monte Dam project in 2012. International Rivers Last night, the Brazilian press reported that the country’s Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) had temporarily denied Norte Energia’s request for an operating license for Belo Monte Dam, citing serious examples of non-compliance with legally required measures to mitigate and compensate project impacts. Without the license, Norte Energia can’t close floodgates and fill a reservoir that would flood large portions of the city of Altamira before it begins generating power. In respons

Ibama Denies License to Operate Belo Monte Dam | Estadão Conteúdo

Belo Monte Dam in Pará.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Yesterday, Brazil's environmental protection agency denied Norte Energia's request for a hydroelectric operating license for Belo Monte Dam in Pará. Please note: This article is in Portuguese.

Dirty Business: Unraveling Corruption in Brazil’s Dam Industry

Belo Monte's Pimental dam site
For over a year, Brazil has been immersed in an unprecedented corruption scandal centered on state-owned oil company Petrobras. While corruption schemes are believed to have existed in the company since the 90s, this scandal only broke in March 2014 when Petrobras directors, corporate executives and political party operatives were jailed in connection with operation Lava Jato – a federal police investigation carried out with support from the federal public prosecutors office (MPF), a government watchdog. Belo Monte's Pimental dam site Photo courtesy of Amazon Watch Initial investigations re

PR: Canadian Mining Project in Xingu Seeks License Despite Environmental Irregularities

Indigenous protest of Belo Monte dam
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
A broad group of organizations from Brazil, Canada, the United States and Europe joined a campaign in defense of indigenous and traditional communities threatened by Canadian mining company Belo Sun's plans to build Brazil's largest gold mine on the banks of the Amazon's Xingu River.

Parakanã Declaration on the Belo Monte Dam

Thursday, September 12, 2013
We, the Parakanã people of the Apyterewa Indigenous Territory, are tired of waiting.
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