Marches to protest the Kárahnjúkavirkjun dam project in east Iceland are planned at 8 pm this evening in various locations throughout Iceland, including Reykjavík, Akureyri and Ísafjördur. Water will be released into Hálsalón, the reservoir used to feed the dam, this week, eventually flooding a large section of land. This is reported by the main online media.
One of Iceland’s main environmental crusaders, television personality Ómar Ragnarsson, published a supplement in Sunday’s Morgunbladid in which he urged for the controversial Kárahnjúkavirkjun project to be abandoned. He introduced an alternate plan, in which the aluminum smelter in Reydarfjördur, which is the recipient of the power being harnessed by the dam, be put on hold for five years, and a geothermal region in northeast Iceland be harnessed instead to provide the required energy. That would save the region submerged by the reservoir and serve to reconcile the factions for and against the project.
The aforementioned marches are being organized by different environmental groups. The Reykjavík march, which departs from Hlemmur bus terminal, will end in a rally at Austurvöllur square, where a number of prominent Icelanders will address the gathering.