Within days of her presidency, Michelle Bachellet has order a review of Chile’s highly-controversial HidroAysen hydropower project.

A new ministerial committee, headed by Pablo Badenier, the environment minister, has invalidated the previous government’s partial ruling on the 2.75 GW HidroAysen, which would be located in the south of the country.

According to BNamercias, the committee is tasked with resolving the 35 claims against the project’s 2011 environmental approval, and has committed itself to resolving all claims within a 60-day period.

Bachellet’s decision will have surprised very few because she has very clear on her opposition to the five-dam Patagonian project in its current form, calling it ‘unviable’ during her presidency campaign..

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