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District Court annuls minister’s finding concerning nature preserve and dam project

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, RÚV, reports that the District Court of Reykjavík yesterday annuled the 2003 finding of the then acting Minister of the Environment, Jón Kristjánsson, that the construction of a reservoir in the upper stretches of the Thjórsá river to feed hydroelectric dams would not require an environmental assesment.

Several individuals and an organization for the preservation of Thjórsárver sued the Icelandic state to annul the minister’s finding. The court left in place the minister’s the National Planning Agency’s approval of a reservoir.

The uppermost stretch of Thjórsá, Thjórsárver, is the world’s largest breeding ground of pink footed geese. The National Power Company, Landsvirkjun, has long had plans for a reservoir in the area.

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