Gas line nears completion; debate doesn’t


Work on a natural gas pipeline running from Bolivia to Brazil across the Chiquitano, described by conservationists as the world’s largest tropical dry forest, continues apace. So does environmental opposition to the project. The builders of the 389-mile (626-km) gas line—Enron International, Shell and a Bolivian company partly owned by them, Transredes—say they’re making good progress and expect to finish in March. But opponents, led by Friends of the Earth, Amazon Watch and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), haven’t let up. They’re calling on the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to withdraw $200 million in financing that it approved for the $570-million project last June. Friends of the Earth and Amazon Watch also are pressing for a... [Log in to read more]

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