Birzebbuga PL councillors refuse to discuss motion on LNG tanker
A motion for the Birżebbuġa local council to discuss making a request for the government to publish any risk-assessment studies on the LNG tanker in Marsaxlokk Bay was denied on Monday by PL local councillors, according to PN councillor Herman Schiavone.
The refusal came on the same day that the LNG tanker entered the harbour.
Contacted by The Malta Independent, Mr Schiavone said that “Birżebbuġa residents have a right to know what risks are involved” and this matter needed to be discussed urgently by the council in order to safeguard the interests of the people of the locality.
He went on to say that after PL councilors all voted against discussing the motion, he requested that the discussion should take place as soon as possible, suggesting that it should be done later on this week. However, it was decided that this would take place on 11 November.
Mr Schiavone said that the council should be requesting the publication of a risk-assessment study, an environmental impact study and maritime impact assessment.
A similar request was put forward to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat by leader of the Opposition Simon Busuttil in parliament on Monday. The prime minister was also dismissive in his answer, insisting that he would have the time to discuss this issue further during the budget speeches.