Conspiracy Watch: Three Gorges Dam
the conspiracy: The Chinese government insists the 7.9 earthquake that killed more than 69,000 people in Sichuan province in May was a natural disaster. But it's trying to cover up the real culprit: Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest and most controversial hydroelectric project.
the conspiracy theorists: Probe International, a Canadian watchdog group that's been against the dam since the 1980s, claims that the $30 billion, decades-long project triggered the temblor. The group says engineers detected more than 800 tremors around the dam's reservoir in 2006, and wants an investigation into whether the pressure from its rising waters was behind the catastrophe.