Brazil's power line in the Amazon is greenlighting as a native reserve

Brazil's power line in the Amazon is greenlighting as a native reserve ...

Despite indigenous concerns about the harm it may cause, a 715-km (440-mile) power line in Brazil's Amazon region has been granted an environmental permit to allow construction to continue, according to the company on Wednesday.

Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro said at an event that it was a big day for the state of Roraima, which the power line will link to the rest of the Brazilian electric grid. Bolsonaro said construction will take about three years.

The president has backed the construction of the line to ensure energy security for Roraima, which was given power from Venezuela until political instability there stopped the arrangement, and the state now relies on expensive thermoelectric power plants.

Environmental concerns had long halted up the project, with the rights to which the government auctioned off in 2011 and were closed in 2011. The line will connect Manaus and Boa Vista's northern cities, with a 120-kilometer stretch stretching across the protected Waimiri-Atroari indigenous reserve.

State-owned Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA (ELET6.SA) and private energy sector holding firm Alupar Investimentos S (ALUP11.SA), a private Energy sector acquiring firm, both stated on Wednesday that they had octano in the environmental enforcement agency Ibama's license to continue construction.

Federal authorities claim that the project could violate indigenous rights, and that corporations and government have not taken the obligation to consult the affected tribe seriously.

The Waimiri-Atroari have been almost wiped out since the beginning of the 1900s due to diseases following travels with settlers and fighting with the military.

According to an environmental assessment reviewed by Reuters, the business plans to take a number of measures to prevent harming the tribe, including stringing lines up to 109 meters (358 ft) above the reservation land. Around 200 inspectors will be deployed to combat the impact of the 250 pylons that will have been built on the reserve.

According to the document, any geological information on the discovery of mineral resources there will be kept secret to avoid attracting illegal mining interests.

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