Spain's controversial Itoiz dam to be filled

Operations began on Monday to complete the filling of the Itoiz dam in Navarre, Spain. The reservoir will encroach on wildlife conservation areas. It has provoked Spain's longest-running environmental battle, including no fewer than three supreme court verdicts (EED 13/06/02). The European court of human rights in Strasbourg is expected to rule shortly on whether the regional government acted illegally in rectroactively changing environmental legislation to circumvent these verdicts. Dam opponents described the decision to fill the dam as "a manouevre to put pressure on Strasbourg". See Navarre government.

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