- "The Local Safety Board and the Air Quality Board should be the spaces in which all the parties involved should dialogue with the firm purpose of coordinating and harmonizing their respective competencies in matters of emergencies and safety in these cases" , explained the orange spokesman, Manuel Padín
- The Municipal Citizens Group also informs that it has tried to find the Territorial Plan of Civil Protection of the City of Cartagena (PLATECAR) in the municipal website and has not found it, "so that we have sent a letter addressed to the Mayor's office so that bring it to us as soon as possible, "says Padín
The Municipal Group of Citizens in Cartagena today thanked the political consensus reached after the industrial accident at the Repsol refinery in the Escombreras Valley.
"The crossing of reproaches between the City Council, the General Directorate of Emergencies, the fire chief of Cartagena, the residents of Alumbres, some workers and the Repsol company only confirms the need to review the Emergency Plan and the response protocols. before an incident like the one that occurred last Tuesday, as we have already requested, "Citizen spokesman Manuel Padín said, in this regard he recalled that his group" asked from the first minute to open an investigation to clarify , among other things, if the reaction of all the agents involved in the incident was correct, evaluate the need or not to modify the action plans, and finally determine whether the action of the City Council, the Community and the company should entail the opening of a sanctioning file ".
According to Manuel Padín "we are concerned about the lack of coordination and lack of harmony between the Fire Department, the Civil Guard and the Local Police with the people in charge of the refinery and the Community, so Manuel Padín proposes that it be convened as soon as possible, In addition to the Air Quality Board, the Local Safety Board and that this is invited to representatives of Repsol, and that works as a common space for constructive and positive dialogue between all parties involved with the firm purpose of coordinating and harmonize their competencies in matters of emergencies and security in the Valley of Escombreras ".
"It is the least that can be expected from the relations between a company that has given so much to Cartagena, and public administrations," says the Cs spokesman.
For Manuel Padín, "we have to verify if all the safety standards were actually met and if the pre-alert level allows the refinery to solve an industrial accident of this type with its own means, as they claim, but I doubt that the Plan of Emergencies or any other legislation express that a private company can block the passage to the State Security Forces, and to the Fire Department when they request it ".
"What no one can doubt is that there has been and there is a great lack of coordination and that is the confusion about how to act in these cases and the lack of information that can generate unnecessary alarm," says the orange spokesman.
The Municipal Citizens Group has also reported that it has tried to find the Territorial Plan for Civil Protection of the City of Cartagena (PLATECAR) on the municipal website and has not found it, "so we have sent a letter addressed to the Mayor's office so that they send it to us as soon as possible, we want to compare what that document collects and analyze its correspondence with the Escombreras Valley Emergency Plan and the regional Emergency Plan. "
Regarding the claims of neighbors, Citizens has reported that yesterday moved to the regional leadership of the party, and its Parliamentary Group the need to review the system of warning the population and the air quality measuring stations in the area, Faced with the lack of isolation and security measures in the school of Alumbres, and the necessary completion of an emergency evacuation route that the Community began 14 years ago and paralyzed for lack of budget, as reported by the newspaper La Verdad.
Given the criticism of the lack of information shared by neighbors and the City Council, Manuel Padín understands, "that these information protocols to the population should be revised according to criteria of prudence, reliability, but also to the opinion of the groups that represent these neighbors They are probably the ones who know best how to alert and inform the population quickly and effectively in such cases. "
Source: Ciudadanos Cartagena