Busut­til tells ERA, OHSA to keep LNG tanker out of Marsaxlokk un­til safety re­ports are pub­lished

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Op­po­si­tion leader Si­mon Busut­til has writ­ten to the Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety Author­ity and the En­vi­ron­ment and Re­sources Author­ity in­sist­ing that the LNG tanker should be stopped from an­chor­ing in­side Marsaxlokk Bay be­fore all the nec­es­sary safety and risk re­ports are pub­lished.

The Ar­mada LNG Mediter­rana – which is an in­te­gral part of the Elec­tro­gas LNG power plant – en­tered the bay for the first time on Mon­day morn­ing be­fore head­ing back out to sea to con­duct fur­ther tri­als.

It is ex­pected back in har­bour later on this week. The tanker is highly con­tro­ver­sial be­cause the gov­ern­ment has so far failed to pub­lish en­vi­ron­men­tal, safety and mar­itime risk re­ports. Min­is­ter with­out port­fo­lio Kon­rad Mizzi said on Mon­day that all re­ports will be made pub­lic in the com­ing weeks and that there will be a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise.

“In his let­ter to the OHSA and the ERA, Dr Busut­til re­ferred to the Seveso III di­rec­tive, which is part of Mal­tese law and makes it clear that the authorities should stop an en­tity from op­er­at­ing if mea­sures for the pre­ven­tion and mit­i­ga­tion of ac­ci­dents are in­suf­fi­cient,” the PN said in a state­ment.

“This di­rec­tive also makes it clear that in­for­ma­tion on risks should be handed out reg­u­larly to those who are sub­ject to dan­ger,” the PN said.

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