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[environment] Big Projects Surprise Small Communities

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    Environment News from IRC Americas Program “A New World of Citizen Action, Analysis, and Policy Options” http://americas.irc-online.org/ Introducing the
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      New at IRC Americas Program

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      Environment News from IRC Americas Program

      “A New World of Citizen Action, Analysis, and Policy Options”
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      Introducing the latest policy analysis from IRC Americas Program

      Big Projects Surprise Small Communities
      By Talli Nauman

      Development proposals sneak up on remote and unsuspecting towns in the Gulf of California region, such as Bahia Kino, Santa Rosalillita, Bahia de Los Angeles, El Golfo de Santa Clara, Puerto Libertad, and Punta Colonet. Many of the residents have no basic services, water, drainage, light, and roads. Meanwhile, government representatives offer these facilities to infrastructure megaproject companies, which pass along to their investors the profits obtained through the subsidies.

      Locals have been surprised by the multi-million-dollar projects of Seawater Farms Bahia Kino, the Nautical Stair Steps, Sonora's coastal highway, a chain of liquid natural gas (LNG) terminals and pipelines, a multi-modal maritime transportation center, countless coastal tourist real estate developments, and toxic as well as domestic waste deposit proposals to accommodate these ventures.

      Talli Nauman is co-founder and co-director of Journalism to Raise Environmental Awareness, which is responsible for this series of investigative feature reports on sustainable development in the Gulf of California Region, made possible thanks to people throughout the region. It was sponsored by the Fondo Educación Ambiental, International Center for Journalists, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

      See new IRC article online at:
      http://americas.irc-online.org/am/4195

      With printer-friendly pdf version at:
      http://americas.irc-online.org/pdf/papers/0705gulf5.pdf

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