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Chile's Supreme Court rules against thermoelectric complex after pollution complaints

SANTIAGO, Chile - Chile's Supreme Court sided with local fishermen who contend a coal-fired power complex harms ocean life and pollutes their community, but the judges stopped short of ordering a suspension and left it to environmental authorities to decide if operations can continue. The ruling on the Bocamina complex released Friday was another in a series of blows to big power projects in energy-strapped Chile, where concerns over environmental issues have been rising.

Chilean court rules for fishermen in Endesa coal plant case

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's supreme court has ruled in favor of local fishermen who say Endesa Chile's Bocamina coal-fired facility kills marine life and pollutes ocean water, but it said halting its operations was a decision for environmental authorities. An appeals court in December halted operations at the 350 megawatt Bocamina II plant in Chile's southern Bio Bio region. The 128-megawatt Bocamina I plant is still operating.

Endesa Chile appeals ruling against thermoelectric project

Santiago, Aug 8 (EFE).- The Chilean subsidiary of Spain's Endesa said Thursday that it will ask Chile's Supreme Court to overturn a ruling ordering it to halt construction of the 740 MW Punta Alcalde thermoelectric project. Located 700 kilometers (435 miles) north of Santiago in the Atacama region, the project meets all legal requirements and is in compliance with environmental standards, Endesa Chile said.

Spanish city opens electric car research centre

The southern Spanish city of Malaga on Thursday opened a centre to develop electric cars in a project backed by Japanese automaker Mitsubishi and Spanish utility Endesa. The research centre, installed in a former tobacco factory, is part of a pilot project with a budget of 60 million euros ($78 million) "aimed at achieving mass access to e-mobility," Endesa said in a statement.

Chile court halts huge power plant project

A court in Chile has halted the construction of a huge power plant being built by a Spanish company, after fishermen charged it would harm the environment and ruin their livelihood. The $1.4 billion Punta Alcalde plant in northern Chile was being built by the Madrid-based company Endesa, Spain's leading electric utility. The fishermen said the project would despoil the Llanos de Calle National Park and the Humboldt Penguin national reserve, both considered among Chile's natural treasures.

Chile court halts construction of massive electric plant

A court in Chile has halted the construction of a huge power plant being built by a Spanish company, after fishermen charged that the massive project would harm the environment and ruin their livelihood. The Punta Alcalde plant in northern Chile was being built by the Madrid-based company Endesa, Spain's leading electric utility. The fishermen said the project would despoil the Llanos de Calle National Park and the Humboldt Penguin national reserve, both considered among Chile's natural treasures.
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