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28 Aug 2012

BBC News

Work to resume on Brazil's Belo Monte dam

Work will resume on a multi-billion dollar dam project in the Amazon...[A] preliminary ruling, passed on Monday by the Supreme Court, overturns a federal court ruling earlier this month which argued that local communities should have had the right to voice their opinion on the environmental impact of the project before it was passed by Congress. The government says the dam would make Brazil more energy self-sufficient, especially in the Amazon region, which relies on fossil fuels for much of its needs. Opponents argue that it will flood a vast area of tropical forest, displacing thousands of indigenous people and damaging the environment.