Councilor Antonio Luengo affirms that “continuous access to water through the Albujón Rambla is the sole responsibility of the State and they have been running the Zero Dumping Project in the drawer for three years”
The regional government is going to present a
complaint to the Prosecutor’s Office “so that she investigates Minister Teresa Ribera for her inaction and lack of application of measures that contribute to the protection and recovery of the Mar Menor, and after its decision to abandon it, allowing 30,000 cubic meters of fresh water and 5,857 kilos of nutrients to enter the ecosystem every day, ”as LA TRUTH advanced . Thus, since November 2019, 19 million cubic meters of water and 3.7 million kilos of nutrients have ended up entering through the boulevards.
This was announced on Tuesday by the Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and the Environment, Antonio Luengo, who clarified that this step is being taken «
before the permissiveness of the Government of Spain both with the entry of fresh water loaded with nutrients, and by the non-withdrawal of sludge and sludge in the Mar Menor, with the environmental consequences that this lack of diligence entails ».
“The competences of each administration are clear, and the management of the water runoff that passes through the ramblas, as well as the high groundwater level of the aquifer correspond to the Government of Spain,” he recalled. «They are the two great threats to the ecosystem, as the scientific community has been reiterating, since they suppose a continuous supply of fresh water and nutrients, which
puts the salinity of the Mar Menor at risk and causes increases in chlorophyll», He emphasized.
“We have been warning for three years that, if measures 5, 6 and 9 of the Zero Dumping Project were not applied, the stability of the ecosystem was hanging by a thread and any adverse phenomenon could cause a new rupture”, said the counselor, who added that ” but nevertheless,
We have only encountered continuous refusals, evasions and contempt from Minister Teresa Ribera and President Pedro Sánchez, abandoning the Region of Murcia and the Mar Menor to their fate and ignoring the social consensus that gave fruit to the Zero Waste Project ”.
In addition, “they have not undertaken the removal of mud and sludge either, something to which Minister Ribera promised in September 2019, as she left in writing, causing the degradation of the beaches in the southern area of the Mar Menor,” he added. Luengo, who denounced that “they have even withdrawn from the Coastal Border Plan the express allusion to their withdrawal, showing once again their lack of commitment.”
«It is necessary for the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate this inaction of the Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, to purify the responsibilities of those who, having the obligation to undertake urgent initiatives and projects for the recovery of the ecosystem, are refusing to apply them, know the reasons and take the appropriate measures that this entails, “explained the counselor.
“It is not tolerable that, while from the regional Executive we repeatedly reach out to the Government of Spain, it only puts obstacles and dedicates itself to criminalizing us continuously,” lamented Luengo. He recalled that “repeatedly
We have invited the Ministry to be part of the Inter-Administrative Coordination Forum, where they work together for the same objective, we have offered to sign the Collaboration Protocol or the appointment of a High Commissioner for the Mar Menor, obtaining silence for an answer.
The head of Water asserted that “the regional government will continue working day by day for the recovery of the ecosystem, carrying out biomass tasks in aid of the municipalities, undertaking works to capture rainwater that do not end in the Mar Menor, executing the bioreactors for the denitrification of water or assuming those powers that the State has abandoned, since residents and tourists do not have to pay for the neglect of the Government of Spain.