Environmentalists Protest in Defense of Costa Rican Rivers

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Environmentalists, students and communities in San Jose will march tomorrow in defense of the rivers of Costa Rica and against the expansion of hydropower projects under the theme, “Water is a right, not a business”.

    Through a press release, a group of environmental organizations said that the rally will also focus on the government’s drafting of the Contingency Power Act.

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    According to environmentalists, this initiative would favor building more hydroelectric dams that would damage the country’s rivers.

    President Laura Chinchilla introduced the draft, which seeks to increase the allowed limit for private companies to generate more power, which would go from 15% to 25% of the national total.

    It also proposes that the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), the main generator and power marketer in the country, will have the ability to purchase private generators up to 40% of the energy that is distributed from 30%.

    According to protesters, the government is opening the electricity market through initiatives that would the conflict in the hydropower issues.

    They are also calling for the government to endorse a constitutional amendment to declare water as a public good and its access to it as a human right.

    The government, meanwhile, said that the Contingency Act will ensure the power supply to allow the building of hydroelectric plants such as “The Diquís”, which will be the largest in Central America with an output of 630 megawatts. (ACAN-EFE)

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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