Rail Project Through Brazilian Amazon Questioned Over Impact on Indigenous Community

Ferrogrão, as the project is known, would cut through the Amazon and cost several billion dollars, and could attract investments from global grain traders operating in Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian federal prosecutors and civil rights groups are opposing a project to build a grains railway in the Amazon rainforest, because of its potential impact on indigenous communities and the environment, potentially stalling the project.

This week, the prosecutors and the civil rights groups questioned the project before a Brazilian federal audit court, claiming indigenous communities have not to been consulted on the construction of the railway.

“Everyone (the indigenous people) is against it because we have not been consulted about the plan,” said Beptuk Metuktire, a Kayapó native and grandson of the internationally known Chief . . .

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