Belo Monte Dam in the Amazonian state of Para, Brazil, has been a contested issue for over 20 years.
After a long battle between residents of the region, NGOs and the Norte Energia Consortium, the full license to build was passed in June 2011. Opposition is still fierce from the indigenous and urban communities, affected by what is due to be the third largest hydroelectric project in the world, requiring more earth to be moved for its construction than that to build the Panama Canal. The construction of Belo Monte has now begun, but the battle continues. The project will take at least three years to complete, so is therefore still in the early stages.
It is unknown how this story of tradition versus progress will pan out.
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