Op­po­si­tion leader chal­lenges Prime Min­is­ter with long list of ques­tions re­gard­ing LNG tanker

Malta Independent - - NEWS - ■ Gabriel Schem­bri

At the re­sump­tion of Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day evening, Leader of the Op­po­si­tion Si­mon Busut­til asked the Prime Min­is­ter if he in­tends to make a min­is­te­rial state­ment over the ar­rival of the LNG tanker which ar­rived in Malta early yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Speak­ing in Par­lia­ment right af­ter the min­is­te­rial state­ments, Dr Busut­til asked if the Prime Min­is­ter in­tends to ex­plain why no risk as­sess­ment re­port was pub­lished be­fore the tanker’s ar­rival. He went on ask­ing a long se­ries of ques­tions, in­clud­ing what hap­pens if a storm hits Malta, or what hap­pens if the ship is not berthed prop­erly.

“Would the Prime Min­is­ter please ex­plain what hap­pens in case of a col­li­sion? What hap­pens if there is a leak? What mea­sures will the gov­ern­ment take in case of an emer­gency?” Dr Busut­til asked.

The Prime Min­is­ter im­me­di­ately re­but­ted say­ing that the House will have the time to dis­cuss this is­sue fur­ther dur­ing the bud­get de­bate. He said Dr Busut­til made a num­ber of false as­ser­tions and asked if Dr Busut­til would be will­ing to re­move the tanker and re­turn to heavy fuel oil if elected to gov­ern­ment.

Par­lia­ment re­sumed yes­ter­day af­ter the sum­mer re­cess with the dis­cus­sion fo­cus­ing on the pen­sions of mem­bers of the ju­di­ciary. Yes­ter­day’s ses­sion kicked off with one mem­ber less, as Leo Brin­cat will now be serv­ing in the European Court of Au­di­tors. His seat is still va­cant as the ca­sual election for his re­place­ment will be held today.

Would the Prime Min­is­ter please ex­plain what hap­pens in case of a col­li­sion? What hap­pens if there is a leak? What mea­sures will the gov­ern­ment take in case of an emer­gency?

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