It’s been more than a year since the Sinop hydroelectric dam started operations in the northern part of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. But residents say the business consortium responsible for building the dam has still not met many of its social and environmental obligations. They’re fighting to make Companhia Energética Sinop (CES), majority-owned by French public-listed utility Electricité de France (EDF), pay fair compensation for the loss of their land and the protection of the natural resources in the region. “Until the present time, the development company has not begun restoration of the permanent preserved areas around the plant’s reservoir,” says the group Movement of those Affected by Dams, or MAB. The area has been affected by a drought that has caused the level of the water in the reservoir to drop, compounded by a landslide on one of the riverbanks because of changes to the water table, and fires that razed most of the forest that had remained standing on the banks of the Teles Pires River. The environmental damage to one of the main rivers in the Amazon Basin has had dramatic consequences for the rural, riverbank and Indigenous populations that depend on the Teles Pires River, which today is choked off by three other hydroelectric plants. Dead fish and disease “Before the dam, fishing was much better. Today, we don’t catch enough fish, even for us to eat,” says Irma Vicente Rodrigues, a resident of Gleba Mercedes, one of the communities affected by the dam’s…This article was originally published on Mongabay Läs mer