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  • 31 Aug 2018- 07:31 by OOSKAnews Info SANTIAGO, Chile Chilean water authorities announced August 23 that the government is preparing new restrictions on the extraction of water from the lithium-rich Salar de Atacama salt flats. Existing permits allow for extraction that is six times more than what
  • 1 Aug 2016- 10:16 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SANTIAGO, Chile Members of environmental organizations held protests in the capital, Santiago, over the weekend to voice opposition to Chile’s proposed glacier protection law, which they say will benefit mining companies at the expense of the environment
  • 15 Apr 2016- 08:40 by Local Press Report SANTIAGO Eco Watch A massive fish kill in the Queule River Estuary in Chile last week has left fishermen overworked, residents in fear and thousands of tons of dead sardines floating along local shorelines. According to a statement on the website of Chile’s
  • 6 Mar 2015- 10:01 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SANTIAGO, Chile Chilean Environment Minister Pablo Badenier this week signed an agreement with legislators on a bill to protect the country’s glaciers. “[The agreement] provides legal recognition to various and distinct kinds of glaciers and their
  • 5 Jan 2015- 10:21 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SANTIAGO, Chile Chile’s Super-Intendency of Sanitation Services (SISS) has reached agreements with several of the country’s major water providers to freeze rates for the next five years, or in some cases to reduce them. SISS and Aguas Andinas signed an
  • 5 Sep 2014- 10:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SANTIAGO, Chile The Chilean government said last week that proposed reforms to the country’s Water Code would put limitations on the country's water rights system. The announcement came in response to critics who ave complained about the delay in
  • 2 Sep 2014- 09:59 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SANTIAGO, Chile Chilean NGOs and parliament members are putting pressure on President Michelle Bachelet’s administration to pass a new glacier protection law. Shortly after her election last spring, Bachelet had announced initial plans for the law, which
  • 2 Jun 2014- 10:32 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SANTIAGO, Chile Chilean President Michelle Bachelet’s administration has presented an “advanced law project” to reform the country’s Water Code, presidential delegate on water resources Reinaldo Ruiz said. “(The project) puts forward modification to the
  • 2 May 2014- 10:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SANTIAGO, Chile The Chilean Senate has received a new motion to amend the country’s constitution to “renationalize” water sources. The motion was presented last week by Senators Guido Girardi, Alfonso de Urresti, Antonio Horvath, Adriana Muñoz and Pedro
  • 10 Feb 2014- 09:41 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SANTIAGO, Chile ANDESS, the national association representing Chile’s urban water utilities, last week issued its drought management report for the country’s water industry. The report detailed $188 million USD worth of investment by water service
  • 9 Jan 2014- 10:00 by Local Press Report SANTIAGO infosurhoy The desert landscape in northern Chile is expanding southward, and if left unchecked, it threatens to reach the capital city of Santiago. “[The desert] is moving at a speed of 0.4 kilometers per year, which is a little more than one meter
  • 30 Aug 2013- 10:10 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SANTIAGO, Chile The Investigative Committee of Chile’s Chamber of Deputies held hearings last week aimed at determining the environmental impact of Barrick Gold’s Pascua Lama mining project. Local residents and environmental organizations demanded
  • Aguas Andinas, the water supplier to the Chilean capital, on March 5 released a 49-page-long “confidential” agreement with power producer AES Gener over the $1.4 billion USD Alto Maipo hydropower project.
  • Water and energy shortages “paralyzed” Chile’s mining industry in the second half of 2012, but mining companies expect solutions to these issues to take shape in the new year.
  • Chilean authorities announced this week that they have launched a strategy to stop the spread of an algae infestation in the Bio Bio River basin, which they said could have “serious consequences” for the country’s water sources. Over the past few weeks, the algae-- Didymosphenia geminata, commonly known as didymoor “rock snot”-- has been detected in the lakes that make up the headwaters of the river. 

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