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Nicaragua canal raises questions that remain unanswered, says study

Nicaragua canal raises questions that remain unanswered, says study

Unanswered questions about the environmental and social effects of Nicaragua’s proposed $50-billion transoceanic canal have prompted the government to postpone the start of construction until at least March, according to the commission overseeing the project.

The delay comes after the Britain-based ERM consulting firm that performed the project’s environmental impact assessment said several issues should be further researched before the project proceeds. Those issues include seismic risks to the locks and whether there is sufficient water to fill the 175-mile canal.

The study, which was commissioned by the Chinese company proposing the project, also urges its...

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