|Project Details||Set to be 5 million m2 of land in quarries and the cement factory, Fattouch is advertising his factory as financially beneficial for the village. However no amount of money will fix the number of environmental issues it will cause. The factory will be located near the biosphere reserve, which is the largest natural cedar reserves in Lebanon, and in close proximity to a water spring. The residents fear that the factory will pollute the main source of water, as well as lead to the destruction of the Shouf biosphere reserve. The factory is part of Fattouch's greater operations of quarries. In 1995 Fatouch obtained a 20 year operating license from the municipality, which later in 2009 became legally protected by the government. Although the license allows Fattouch to use the 2000 meter2 of land, Fattoush's quarries are now occupying 20,000 meter2. |
The factory has brought on lots of protests, not just by Ain Dara resident but neighboring villages as well. The factory will not just affect the resident of Ain Dara, but the whole of the central Bekaa. “المعمل سيلوث البقاع الاوسط كاملا”, “the factory will pollute the whole of central Bekaa”, Said Qab Elias mayor Jihad Mouallem. Shockingly Fattouch has received approval from both the ministry of the environment and the Ministry of Industries. However, Fattouch cannot start construction whithout the approval of Ain Dara municipality which he will not recieve. The locals are determined to not let “the death factory” get built. In an interview conducted with Nadine Bader a local activist from the women of Ain Dara movement stated that they do not want a repeat of what happened in Chekka. Chekka is the most polluted city in the Batroun district. The locals of Chekka are forced to leave the town due the environmental problems it’s facing. Chekka is the most polluted city in the caza of Batroun since it is the center of companies and cement plants. Many cancer causing toxin pollute the Chekka air. Bader goes on to say that if the factory is built, the majority of the Ain Dara residents will be migrating. The factory is located on a hill in the center of Daher el Daydar area. Nadine explained that this will cause a pollution umbrella of dust and gas that will extend to the entire area of Dahr Al-Baydar and neighboring villages.
The factory has not yet been built, yet Fattoush keeps lobbying for its opening and pressuring the municipality members through physical assaults and threats. The Ain Dara locals will not accept defeat and will not back down, the factory will not see the light of day .