Costa Rica flagship hydro draws fire

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Costa Rica's 650MW hydro project Diquís has drawn criticism over the indigenous consultation process.

Consultation should have been carried out at the design phase, ombudsman Montserrat Solano Carboni told the lower house's special Brunca region investigative committee.

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An indigenous census is underway for the consultation, added election authority Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones president Luis Antonio Sobrado.

The Brunca committee also approved calling President Luis Guillermo Solís to discuss the project's future.

Diquís is one of three expansion routes outlined in state power company ICE's 2014-35 power generation expansion plan. In August, ICE head Carlos Obregón said there was no exact date for the plant's construction.

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