Humala repeals water transport law

Monday, October 17, 2011

Peru's President Ollanta Humala has repealed law 29760 that declared of public necessity and national interest a project to transport water from the Marañón river and dam and divert the Huallaga river for energy and agricultural use.

The legislation was published in the official gazette on July 21 this year, a week before Humala took over from Alan García.

Communities were not consulted nor was the initiative debated, the head of state told residents in the Amazon district of Belén in Loreto region.

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Early last month, Alianza Parlamentaria block legislators had submitted a bill to repeal the law, which the lawmakers argued would impact Amazon ecosystems and goes against an unfavorable opinion issued by the water resources division of the national natural resources institute Inrena.