Opinion | Amazon Power Plant: A Company Responds
To the Editor:
Re “Many Rivers, Too Many Dams,” by Philip Fearnside (“The Amazon Has Seen Our Future,” Opinion special section, Oct. 4):
From the beginning, the deployment of the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Power Plant in the Brazilian state of Pará has been guided by respect for the local Indigenous populations and by laws, ratified protocols and conventions. Norte Energia has closely worked with the local population, holding meetings with more than 6,000 members of the surrounding communities.
To enable the plant’s operability in the Middle Xingu River region, 40 mills for processing flour (a typical food in the region), 779 residences, 354 sanitary modules, 29 water supply systems and eight territorial protection units were built.
The plant has a valid operating license and generates energy for millions of Brazilians, grounded in the principles of environmental responsibility and social justice in deference to the culture of the local Indigenous populations.
Luciana Galvão Leonardo Soares
The writer is communications and press superintendent for Norte Energia.
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