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Residents of the northern Akkar region held a symposium Friday to discuss the potential impacts of a wind farm project in their area. The event was led by Georges Jaalouk, a doctor and longtime environmental activist who said he himself would live roughly 850 meters away from the project.Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil earlier this month signed contracts with three companies set to take on the project in the first-ever public-private partnership in the energy sector, after Cabinet approved building the farms in July."Until now, there is no finalized location that has been determined by the private companies, nor has anything been approved by the government," he told The Daily Star.He said that both environmental and social impact assessments were being carried out by companies, and are expected to be completed within 18 months.
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