The China Three Gorges Corporation is defending the Three Gorges dam from criticism over its environmental and economic impact.
In a recent report, the company said the dam has helped to control flooding and boost supply of clean energy. It also claims it has helped with poverty alleviation, earthquake relief and other social priorities.
This report was released just a month after China’s cabinet outlined a number of urgent environmental, geological and economic problems related to the project. The cabinet report cited a heightened risk of landslides, earthquakes and prolonged damage to the river’s ecology as key problems requiring attention.
This spring, a prolonged drought added to pressure on the Yangtze river, especially downstream from the dam, as a source of water for industry, homes, farming, energy and shipping.
The dam’s operator released water to the point where it warned that it could not release much more without affecting upstream shipping.