May 13 2013

Deputy Director

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A hard blow to the study of environmental impact (EIA) of the Rio Cuervo hydroelectric gave the national service of geology and mining (Sernageomin) to ask energy Austral analyze alternatives for location of its dam in the area of the Aysen fjord. The ordinary 9855 dated 29 October was admitted to the evaluation system of impact assessment (SEIA) electronic Wednesday within the framework of the new observations that public services are making the first addendum (compendium of responses that a project holder gives to the evaluators bodies queries) that the company issued on October 1 this year. In a report signed by the national mining (S) Deputy Director, Carlos Arias, the express agency that in consideration of the location of the project with respect to the geological component, noted that hydroelectric is associated to an area with a high degree of exposure to various geological hazards: volcanic, active faults, mass removals, among others. Location alternatives should be explored. Add, in conclusion, with regard to the scope of this service, the study in question suffers from information relevant and essential for purposes of environmentally qualify the project, which has not been cured with the present addendum. This judgment, referred to in article 24 of the regulation of the SEIA, is reason enough for the qualifier body reject an EIA and not seek further clarifications, corrections and extensions. Prey not prepared for geological events coincidentally Sernageomin issued the document a few hours that this Thursday is registered in Puerto Aysen an earthquake grade 3 on the Mercalli Scale, according to the national emergency office and which was perceived by the local community. Admitted to the SEIA report the Agency directly alludes to that failure Liquine-ofqui fault, linked to the earthquake and tidal wave that on April 21, 2007 ended with the lives of 10 people in the Aysen fjord, passes directly through the center of one of the projected by the Cuervo hydroelectric dams.

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