“What happens in the Mar Menor is not the result of a weekend, it is the consequence of a very long period of inaction and lack of compliance by the Government of Murcia with regard to the execution of sanctions, which is willful consent to an irregular situation that is harmful to the environment and the Mar Menor “. This is how the Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, has blamed the Murcian Executive who has presided over the PP uninterruptedly since 1995 for the environmental crisis that affects the largest lagoon in Spain. They have been “many years of inaction and permissiveness,” Rodríguez said. “It is not a conflict of competences, but of abandonment of competences,” he concluded.
The Mar Menor tragedy: politics and agribusiness allied against science and society
The Executive of Pedro Sánchez thus comes out in the face of the criticism he has received both from the regional government headed by Fernando López Mirás and from the president of the PP, Pablo Casado, who yesterday demanded from a Murcian wine farm that the central government take measures against the environmental disaster of the Mar Menor.
“This does not occur in a day or a weekend, it is the consequence of many years of permissiveness with actions that are harmful to the environment that are injuring other farmers who do comply with the rules,” explained Rodríguez.
The spokeswoman for the central government has assured that there are 8000 hectares cultivated illegally, “without water concessions” and that there is an “excessive use of nitrate discharges” of up to 4,000 kilos a day. Rodríguez has also reported that “800 files have been instructed by Seprona and the Prosecutor’s Office.” “But it is not being processed by the Government of Murcia, which is competent as a result of the Mar Menor law,” he added.
The central government has taken the measures it could, as explained by the spokesperson. For example, declaring “the aquifer at chemical risk” for which they have not had the support of the Government of Murcia, has denounced. Something that “affects the economy” because it calls into question “the reputation of products exported to the tourism sector.”
“The Government of Spain is committed to finding solutions. The first thing is to end the spills and we have done what we could do. Now we have to execute the sanctions,” he reiterated. Later, he added, it will be time to “recover the area”, for which, he recalled, concrete plans are contemplated within the framework of European funds.
Rodríguez has indicated that the visit of the third vice president, Teresa Ribera, to Murcia is related to that recovery plan. The also Minister of Energy Transition will meet with Murcian economic and social agents, “who are complying with the rules and are being careful with the protection of the environment,” the spokeswoman reported.
Ribera will also appear before Congress next week, according to Isabel Rodríguez. In addition to the third vice president, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, and the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias will do it. The three will do so before their respective commissions, to account for the actions of their ministries precisely on Murcia, Afghanistan and the management of the pandemic, respectively.
Who will not go to Congress in an extraordinary way will be the Prime Minister. The Permanent Delegation will debate this Wednesday the requests for the appearance of the chief executive raised by different groups, but Isabel Rodríguez has settled the issue and has said that Sánchez will be accountable to Parliament again in September, when the usual control sessions of the Wednesdays.