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Mexican protesters bring Iberdrola wind project to a halt

Iberdrola is alleged to have broken a contract between itself and the ejidatarios who hold rights to the land, according to Bettina Velázquez, who helps lead opposition to wind-power development in the region.

Work at Iberdrola Renovables' La Venta 3 wind farm site in Mexico has been halted by protesters alleging the Spanish developer is violating their rights.

Iberdrola is alleged to have broken a contract between itself and the ejidatarios who hold rights to the land, according to Bettina Velázquez, who helps lead opposition to wind-power development in the region.

Locals are being poorly compensated and workers underpaid, Velázquez says.

The 103MW project is in the state of Oaxaca, where 2.5GW of wind power is slated to be in operation by 2012.

The company declined to comment on the accusations, which have also included claims of deforestation, dead cattle and damaged crops.

Iberdrola accused of dirty tricks

Spanish wind developer Iberdrola Renovables has been accused of dismissing the rights of indigenous communities in Mexico where it is building the 103MW La Venta 3 wind farm.

Locals, who have accused Iberdrola of "dirty tricks", are campaigning against the company, one of several seeking to tap the wind potential of the southern isthmus.

A community assembly will be set up to demand indigenous rights and a defence committee is being established to protect land, natural resources and... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Work at Iberdrola Renovables' La Venta 3 wind farm site in Mexico has been halted by protesters alleging the Spanish developer is violating their rights.

Iberdrola is alleged to have broken a contract between itself and the ejidatarios who hold rights to the land, according to Bettina Velázquez, who helps lead opposition to wind-power development in the region.

Locals are being poorly compensated and workers underpaid, Velázquez says.

The 103MW project is in the state of Oaxaca, where 2.5GW of wind power is slated to be in operation by 2012.

The company declined to comment on the accusations, which have also included claims of deforestation, dead cattle and damaged crops.

Iberdrola accused of dirty tricks

Spanish wind developer Iberdrola Renovables has been accused of dismissing the rights of indigenous communities in Mexico where it is building the 103MW La Venta 3 wind farm.

Locals, who have accused Iberdrola of "dirty tricks", are campaigning against the company, one of several seeking to tap the wind potential of the southern isthmus.

A community assembly will be set up to demand indigenous rights and a defence committee is being established to protect land, natural resources and cultural heritage from multinational corporations.

Iberdrola Renovables did not return a request for comment. The company has already built the 80MW La Ventosa wind farm in Oaxaca state. Both projects were tendered by the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission.


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MAY 19 2011
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