Mexico state: Indians approve embattled wind power project

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Posted: Jul 31, 2015 6:58 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The government of the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca says residents of a heavily Indian area have approved the installation of a huge wind power project in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

The proposed construction of 132 giant wind turbines is meant to generate 396 megawatts of power, but the project has raised concerns over vibrations, bird deaths and invasion of Indian lands.

The company behind the project and the Oaxaca government teamed up to offer residents an average 45 percent reduction in power costs.

State officials said Friday that the project was approved during eight months of community consultations and public hearings.

But opponents contend the consultations violated their rights as Indians. They say supporters were transported to consultation gatherings and charge that opponents were effectively excluded.