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Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 22:45:10 +0100
Subject: SchNEWS 411/412, Friday 20th June, 2003

Alcoa plans dam in Iceland natural wilderness area

Alcoa, the US-owned transnational aluminium giant has got the go-ahead from the Conservative Icelandic government to trash one of Europe's largest remaining areas of natural wilderness. The profit hungry vandals will flood large swathes of the Icelandic highlands - currently a centre of eco-tourism with loads of fantastic waterfalls, glaciers, geothermal springs, unique plants and animals - to build a massive dam to provide electricity for the giant aluminium smelter they intend to build smack bang in the middle of one of the country's most beautiful fjords.

Icelanders are totally baffled as to why their government ignored the advice of their own planning agency - which rejected Alcoa's plans out of hand on ecological grounds - and the desperate protests of national and international environmental campaigners, just to line the pockets of corporate fat cats from another planet.

Preliminary work has already begun but Icelandic campaigners say it's still not too late to join in the direct action protests.

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