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China Power Ignored Internal Report Calling for Dam Cancellation [Burma]

Author: Saw Yan Naing, The Irrawaddy [Thailand], Published on: 15 July 2011

After conducting an assessment, a group of Chinese and Burmese scientists working for the China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) recommended in an internal report that the company cancel its Myitsone Dam project on the Irrawaddy River in northern Burma, but CPI has continued construction of the dam. The 945 page assessment—which was obtained by the Burma Rivers Network, an environmental organization—...said that the Myitsone Dam will threaten bio-diverse ecosystems and impact millions of people that depend on the Irrawaddy River for their livelihoods: “The fragmentation of the Irrawaddy River by a series of dams will have serious social and environmental problems, not only upstream of dams but also very far downstream to the coastal area,” the CPI Report said. The CPI report concluded that the Myitsone Dam project should not proceed...[Resource Centre invited CPI to respond, but it did not]

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Related companies: China Power Investment