Lawsuit Filed Against Energy Ministry, EDL over High-Voltage Power Lines Project

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Lawsuit Filed Against Energy Ministry, EDL over High-Voltage Power Lines Project

The archdiocese of Beirut and owners of several lands in Ain Saade and Beit Meri filed a lawsuit before the Shura Council against both the Energy Ministry and Electricite du Liban (EDL), demanding that the installation of high-voltage power lines be stopped.

The lawsuit demands the annulment of the decision issued by the governor of Mount Lebanon (399/2019) regarding said project, saying that it violates several provisions of the Shura Council's laws and regulations.

The lawsuit also argued that the decision must be abrogated because it goes against one of the governor's top duties, which consists in safeguarding public safety and health as well as preventing pollution in the area that falls under his prerogatives.

The lawsuit notes that no official decree on lands acquisition was issued for the installation works to be kicked off, saying that the defendants have altered the law and forced the project despite all scientific evidence proving its health hazards.

Source: Kataeb.org