Category Archives: Juan Pablo Orrego

Juan Pablo Orrego fosters environmental victory in Chile

The Chilean government finally rejected the HidroAysén dam project, a hydroelectric scheme threatening the Patagonia’s sustainability and wilderness by converting it into a highly industrialised region. The decision was highly influenced by the campaign coordinated by Juan Pablo Orrego, 1998 Right Livelihood Award Laureate. The ‘Patagonia Without Dams’ campaign was supported by a number of […]

Irregularities in HidroAysŽn approval

The huge dam project HidroAysén in Chilean Patagonia had been approved in summer 2011. Now a investigation found that not everything in the approval process was as it should have been… Juan Pablo Orrego (RLA 1998) who led a campaign opposing the project said they had been sure that the dam couldn’t pass the environmental […]

Stop the Patagonian Megadams

Juan Pablo Orrego (Chile, RLA 1998) visited Stockholm and the RLA office during the last days. He is traveling through Europe to campaign for support to stop the construction of five hydroelectric power stations in Chilean Patagonia. The Patagonia Defence Council, a growing coalition of about 70 organizations from different countries tries to protect the […]

Chilean government defered to US demands

The Chilean Government changed environmental laws to please U.S. interests in the country, as Wikileaks cables revealed. The Chilean  Supreme Court stopped the construction of the Campiche thermoelectric plant, owned by a US company, in 2009. The then US ambassador met with the Housing and Urban Planning minister Patricia Poblete, telling her he expected her […]