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Mexican protesters bring Iberdrola wind project to a halt  

Credit:  Christiana Sciaudone, Rio de Janeiro, www.rechargenews.com 19 May 2011 ~~

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.

Source:  Christiana Sciaudone, Rio de Janeiro, www.rechargenews.com 19 May 2011

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