Monday, January 25, 2010

Russia's Sayano-Shushen Dam May Burst and Drown Hundreds of Thousands

Russia's Sayano–Shushenskaya hydroelectric power station [Саяно-Шушенская гидроэлектростанция] "is located on the Yenisei River, near Sayanogorsk in Khakassia, Russia. It is the largest power plant in Russia and the sixth-largest hydroelectric plant in the world." (Wikipedia)

Russia expert Paul Goble reports in Window on Eurasia (1-25-10) that Russia's Sayano-Shushen Dam may burst and drown hundreds of thousands of people. Dr. Goble posted an earlier article about the dam on 11-16-09. Dr. Goble's 1-25-10 article begins:

The freezing of the reservoir behind the Sayano-Shushen Dam is creating a situation that threatens an even greater technogenic disaster than the one there last August, a disaster that could lead to “tens and hundreds of thousands of human victims,” according to an online petition directed at President Dmitry Medvedev...

According to the online petition:

"[I]t is becoming perfectly clear that the current leaders are not attempting either to restore or preserve the dam but only to hide the problems from public view.” [See full text.]

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