Sivens dam

Sivens: Royal looks for a solution

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Source: Guy Masawi


After pointing out a misjudgement in the management of the project, the Ecology minister Segolene Royal took advantage of it, on Sunday, to say that she wanted to manage the project by herself.

On Sunday, she was invited to « Le grand rendez-vous i-TELE/EUROPE1/Le Monde» and said that she had to find a solution to the crisis. The project of the Sivens dam is firmly condemned by the ecologists.

The protesters ask the government to give up the project that aims at retaining 1.5 million cube meters of water and that implies a destruction of 13 hectars of a “wet zone”, which is a reserve of biodiversity.

After the protester Remy Fraisse’s death, last week, the project has been suspended for an unlimited period. The critical expert rapports and the repeated demonstrations in the recent days seriously call into question the project of “Barrage de Sivens”.

Like a Ecology minister, Mrs Royal wants to show her intentions. Some people will condemn her for wanting to please the public opinion, others will accuse her of being a single player. In any case, Segolene Royal takes an opposite position from the Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

Lauren Alimi, IEJ3E

The Bulding site of Sivens (Tarn) suspended

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After Remi Fraisse’s death, last week end, the general council of the Tarn department decided to adjourn the project of Sivens dam.

After the council member assembly today, the elected representative decided to adjourn the controversial bulding site of Sivens. This decision has been taken following the tragic death, of Remi Fraisse, a young protester, against the controversial Sivens’  dam, on October 26. « We take the decision to say that it was impossible to pursue the Sivens’ dam project. We couldn’t pretend, after this tragedy, that nothing had happened,” declared Michel Albarède, the second-in-command of the general council of the Tarn. Nevertheless, the adjourn isn’t permanent because, according to an expert report commissioned by the Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royal on Monday, although the project is oversized, it’s unrealistic to stop it. The declaration of the council member, didn’t calm down the  organisation against the dam, who fear that another project will replace he previous one.

Gabrielle Devosse IEJ 1B