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Title: The Balbina disaster: the need to ask why?
Authors: Gribel, Rogério
Keywords: Dam Construction
Electricity Sector
Environmental Damage
Environmental Disaster
Financial Cost
Hydroelectric Project
Hydroelectric Station
Social Cost
Balbina Dam
Uatuma River
Issue Date: 1990
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Ecologist
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 20, Número 4, Pags. 133-135
Abstract: The Balbina dam cost nearly a billion dollars of public money, destroyed 236 000 hectares of primary forest, formed a gigantic lake of shallow stagnant water, killed millions of wild animals, flooded indigenous lands, is causing hunger and illness to riverine people - all for just 80 megawatts of electricity. Even those responsible for the dam now admit that it is a disaster, yet similar projects are still being built and no investigation has been carried out to discover why, in the face of clear scientific warnings, Balbina was ever constructed. -Author
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