A journalistic investigation, in which sources from the Podemos Region of Murcia have also participated, has uncovered that the high pollution that the macro-farms emit into the environment is also serving to aggravate the state of the Mar Menor. This is revealed by the data made public by different national and international media, including elDiario.es, which also focus on the “inaction of the regional government, despite the fact that it had all the necessary reports and was well aware of the problem. which was generating the high concentration of pig farms in very few municipalities near the largest salt lake in Europe, “the purple formation indicated in a statement issued to the media.
The Government of Murcia ignored several warnings that the macro-farms of pigs contaminated the Mar Menor
From Podemos, the regional spokesperson, María Marín, has indicated that “once again” the regional government and the councils involved use the institutions to “protect” the big businessmen in a sector such as livestock, taken over by a few multinationals, ” against the interests of the majority of the citizens of the region, who demand an end to polluting practices that have condemned an ecosystem as delicate and unique as the Mar Menor to extinction “.
For the deputy of Podemos, “what we know today with regard to pig macro-farms is the same as what we have observed with intensive agribusiness operations”, in reference to the judicial accusations that weigh on the regional government due to the inaction at the time of sanctioning the multinational agribusiness companies, currently being investigated by the courts in the Topillo Case. Marín has pointed out that the published information “shows once again who this regional government works for, willing to violate its own environmental laws in order to favor very powerful businessmen, who, far from representing our land, are destroying their heritage. natural and condemning their future. ”
“The evidence that the activity of the macro-farms is contributing to the death of the Mar Menor is also evidence of the malpractice of a Water Council that has not monitored or measured the levels of stored waste, thus revealing” – Marín pointed out – that “no one controls the state of more than a thousand slurry ponds in the Region.” The deputy has denounced that the Ministry of Agriculture “only has a technician to control these facilities”, something that at the moment may be even worse since those inspections were “before the purge in the General Directorate of the Environment” that the counseling took place a few weeks ago.
Podemos will propose in the Regional Assembly a moratorium on the installation of new macro-farms. Something that has already been approved, for example, by the City Council of the Murcian municipality of Cieza and that now “it would be convenient to extend to the entire regional territory.” In addition, the training will present in the regional chamber a plan to “strictly inspect and regulate existing farms and immediately close down those that do not comply with the regulations.” Marín stressed that the impact of these facilities on the environment and on the quality of life of people in our rural world “is tremendous”, something that does not seem to matter to the regional president when “he is selling our towns and our natural heritage to the best bidder to install macro farms and expel the people who live and work in those municipalities. ”
The deputy also recalled that on March 15, Podemos carried out in the Regional Assembly an institutional declaration of support for the residents of Yecla in front of the macro-farm that elPozo intends to install in the facilities of the protected Monte Arabí, natural heritage and culture in which there are remains of prehistoric art of the first human settlers who inhabited the Region of Murcia. Previously, the purple formation participated in the protests that united the entire municipality to reject this “authentic environmental nonsense. The unanimity in this rejection caused the entire chamber, including the political groups that support the defected government of López Miras, to approve the declaration institutional”.
However, this text has ended up being “wet paper” because López Miras has not carried out any action to prevent this type of facilities from continuing to proliferate. With the moratorium demanded by Podemos, the interests of the residents of the entire territory would be saved, since new macro-farms could not be installed for the moment, and one of the most important pollution contributions that reach the Mar Menor would also be cut off. . “It is time to move from words, statements and good intentions to deeds,” Marín has claimed López Miras.
The PSOE accuses López Miras of turning the Mar Menor “into the largest landfill in the European Union”
The regional deputy of the PSOE Carmina Fernández has criticized that the president of the Murcian Community, Fernando López Miras, increased “uncontrollably by tens of thousands of copies despite the fact that several organizations and experts alerted him to the lack of control of the farms and how they were damaging the salt lake “, according to information collected by elDiario.es. The socialist has assured that the Government of Murcia has turned the Mar Menor into the “largest landfill in the European Union.”
“It is his way of doing politics: only for a few, without thinking about the common good and with a clear objective of preying on the environment in order to satisfy the greed and interests of the clientelistic networks that keep him in power,” he said. explained.
Fernández has indicated that it does not come as a surprise, since the European Commission already notified the regional government in 2018 of the impact that nitrates were having on the Mar Menor, and the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO), in 2019 , warned of the incidence that pig farms were causing in the Mar Menor. “López Miras has allowed all kinds of attacks on the Mar Menor, aware of the damage they were doing to the lagoon, and has not lifted a finger. Once again, it is shown that the PP is only concerned with protecting the interests of a few and that they are dedicated to setting up little theaters to divert attention and blame others, “commented the Socialist deputy.
Fernández also wanted to point out that the regional government does not have personnel to control, inspect and sanction those who pollute, and that they have dismantled the services of the regional administration that protect the environment. “They dismantle the services so as not to resolve the files and prevent the technicians from doing their work and highlighting with the reports the environmental looting that they are allowing in the Region of Murcia. Until they destroy the last centimeter of natural space, they will not to stop “, has pointed out the regional deputy.