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Canadian-based power company Fortis Inc. said Aug. 13 that subsidiary Belize Electric has won a crucial victory in efforts to build the Chalillo Hydroelectric project. Fortis said that Britain's Privy Council denied an injunction application from the Belize Alliance for Conservation Non-Government Organization. But the council, which acts as a supreme court for the former British colony, will still hold a hearing on the issue Dec. 3 and 4 in London. Fortis said the ruling is the seventh consecutive failure by the group, also known as BACONGO, to stop the Chalillo River project on environmental grounds. The group is funded by the Washington-based Natural Resources Defence Council. A temporary dam is in place on the river and construction work is continuing for the project, which had a formal environmental assessment in 2001.
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Publication:Caribbean Update
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Date:Oct 1, 2003
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