July 30, 2021

Complaints from the Corsican community after the oil pollution

The Collectivité de Corse announced two lawsuits on Tuesday evening, June 15, after the oil pollution that hit the Île de Beauté, denouncing “A voluntary act of extreme gravity”.

In a statement, the single community of Corsica announced a criminal complaint to the prosecutor’s office of Bastia and a proceeding before the administrative court of Bastia to appoint an expert, “Within the framework of the compensation action which will be brought against the natural and legal persons whose liability (…) will be questioned ”.

Most of the deposits spotted off Corsica had been recovered on Tuesday afternoon and the beaches have now reopened in the north of the island but the threat remains in the south, including in Porto-Vecchio and Bonifacio.

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Beach access prohibited

“The land and sea surveys carried out on the southern coast of Haute-Corse since this morning have not detected any pollution, with the exception of deposits of very small quantity on the beach of Solaro which were picked up this morning “, had specified the prefecture of Haute-Corse in a 4e update Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

“Most of the water has been recovered but we are unable to say how much is left and what will happen on the coast”, had indicated in the morning the captain of frigate Christine Ribbe, spokesperson for the maritime prefecture of the Mediterranean, based in Toulon, evoking “The presence of increasingly fine particles and less and less detectable by plane”.

Faced with this improvement in the situation, “The decree prohibiting beaches and swimming covering the municipalities of Aleria in Ventiseri is repealed”, announced on Tuesday the prefecture of Haute-Corse, noting that access to the beaches of the municipality of Solaro was still prohibited.

Since the spotting on Friday off Corsica of two oil slicks about 35 km long, probably due to the degassing of a ship, significant resources have been deployed in the air, at sea and on land to fight against pollution. The device “Is maintained to detect any other deposits as quickly as possible”, assured the prefecture of Haute-Corse on Tuesday in its statement.

Preventive orders

Traces of hydrocarbons were also observed on Monday night over an area 1 km long and 100 m wide at the entrance to the gulf of the seaside resort of Porto-Vecchio (Corse-du-Sud). Precautionary measures have been taken, one of which prohibits swimming from this Tuesday throughout the municipality, the town hall announced on Facebook, stating that a 200 m pollution trail had also been spotted further south, “Between Chiappa and Carataggio, 100 m from the coast”.

In Corse-du-Sud, the town hall of Bonifacio announced Tuesday evening the closure of its Rondinara beach and the ban on any anchoring within 300 m of this same site.

In a statement, the Corsican Chamber of Commerce and Industry regretted Tuesday “The image deficit” who “Comes to impact directly [les] seaside tourism nationals and indirectly all the local trade and service sectors already severely weakened by the crisis ” of the coronavirus.

Tuesday morning, on France Inter, the minister of ecological transition, Barbara Pompili, had denounced “Characterized delinquency” of “Environmental bandits who degas” one more “To avoid doing it at the dock and save money”.

The investigation to find them “Progressing well and I think we will be able to board them fairly quickly.” We know where they are and we will be able to control them ” and “They will be severely punished”, she assured, referring to three suspicious ships in particular.

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The World with AFP