The Chilean government has decided to scupper an $8 billion plan to build a series of dams across rivers in the Patagonian region.

A ministerial commission of the Chilean government has announced the rejection of the US$8 billion HidroAysen plan, which envisioned the damming of two of the world’s fiercest waterways in order to sate the nation’s surging energy needs. Chile’s ministers of agriculture, energy, mining, economy and health voted unanimously for the rejection of…