Published: Saturday 15 September 2001

-- Amid environmental concerns, a Venezuelan power line was inaugurated in Brazil recently. The us $400 million high-voltage line runs through Venezuela's ecologically sensitive southeast corner, including the Canaima National Park, which is the site of the Angel Falls -- the world's tallest waterfall. Due to this, the project had been austerely criticised by the indigenous people of the area and environmentalists. The electricity link-up is expected to generate huge amounts of revenue for the Venezuelan government by supplying power to Brazil, which has been suffering a severe energy crisis (see Down To Earth , Vol 10, No 4, July 15, 2000).

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