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Environmental groups are decrying a recent World Bank decision not to investigate local groups' concerns about the environmental and social impact of the planned Bisri Dam. The World Bank's Inspection Panel announced on Dec. 10 that it had completed reviewing a request for inspecting the Water Supply Augmentation Project, which includes the Bisri Dam and of which the World Bank is a primary financer. In a response to an interview request from The Daily Star, the World Bank's senior communications officer said the Inspection Panel did not conduct media interviews regarding its reports on inspection requests.SEISMIC RISKSThe inspection request included concerns that the dam was situated at a location particularly close to two active fault lines. Responding to the movement's concerns, the Bank's management said that the dam is designed to be 30 meters lower than the ones known to generate such phenomena, and that the expected reservoir would be roughly 10 times smaller.
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