Birzeb­buga PL coun­cil­lors refuse to dis­cuss mo­tion on LNG tanker

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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.

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