The Federal Court ordered the suspension of Belo Monte’s preliminary license and the cancellation of the auction, scheduled for next Tuesday, April 20. Judge Antonio Carlos de Almeida Campelo granted an urgent preliminary injunction as he sees a “danger of irreparable harm” that could be caused by the project, considering the imminence of the auction.
The Belo Monte Dam is a proposed hydroelectric dam complex on the Rio Xingu in Brazil. The Rio Xingu is home to many species of tropical fish including the zebra plec – L46.
Whilst this suspension is welcome it may be only delaying the inevitable. In the meantime perhaps a more thorough survey of The Xingu and the creatures that live there needs to be carried out.