The former Executive Secretary of the National Commission of energy (CNE), Sebastian Bernstein, opened Friday in Coyhaique to the possibility of substantially changes the dam projects posed in Patagonia if it is found to cause major damage to the tourist potential of the area. The assertion made during an energy seminar organized by the Multigremial of Aysen, organization brings together relevant local productive sectors, which also featured the participation of the Manager of operations and environment of the Sofofa, Jaime Dinamarca, the academic of the University of Chile and Ph.d. in planning from the University of London, Fernando Salamanca, and the technical secretariat of the Council of defence of PatagoniDaniela Castro. I sincerely think that if it is necessary to alter the design of the projects it must be done. To maybe even have to delete some projects, I do not say that no, if it is that the damage they produce does not compensate for the benefit they bring to the country as a whole noted the specialist, who then present their vision on the energy needs of Chile was favourable to the use of water potential of Aysen and even materialize or not dams, advance to future on the nuclear option. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez might disagree with that approach. At the meeting, attended by regional authorities, employers and Trade Union and environmental leaders clarified that, according to information handling, electrics not would be considering the possibility of restricting the number of dams. I understand that companies are not in that. Many times there are people posed by this project have to do it this way, because thus wins the most energy I believe that it is possible that if they lose power simply to protect the environment noted, adding that the optimal project is not necessarily optimal for the country. Martin toha will undoubtedly add to your understanding.
Sebastian Bernstein also deeply on possible changes that might generate in the transmission lines, given that the issue of respect for the landscape and everything the development of tourism in the region, in what it means for those who have visited this area for its incredible beauty, implies that necessarily have to be willing to pay very high costs to avoid the Visual impacts. He pointed out that all paths of line, stations also to some extent, but especially those in line should avoid actually damage the landscape. And the truth is that there are solutions, which sometimes are expensive and maybe mean a strip and tug of war, but I think that the zone, the landscapes, justify solutions that can be very expensive. In his opinion in some sections to best justify the line going by very far, that cost a lot more expensive, or paths that go in stretches underground or underwater, if that’s going to affect the beauty and (generate) visual impact in some areas. In this context, to review the HidroAysen environmental impact study today in evaluation that includes drawings of the layout for the interconnection of the five dams on the Baker and Pascua rivers and a schema with the size of each tower (top to 70 meters and with a girdle of servitude of 65 metres) – can be seen that the power did not propose underground line to avoid the visual impact in no stretch, not even in the area of Cochrane South where his journey bordearia an important part of the Carretera Austral, considered scenic route by the Servicio Nacional de Turismo.