The central government has not found any bags of pellets in the river. This was confirmed this morning by the Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, Óscar Puente, during a control session with the Executive. To the left of the 47 searches of air and sea carried out by the Maritime Rescue Service on the Galician coast were the remains of the Toconao cargo.
The state services began the search, according to the minister’s statements, on December 13. However, no bag has been found since then. The Xunta de Galicia demanded during the pellet crisis that the government collect the bags from the sea because, according to the regional government, that is the solution. Finally, the operation would have been useless, according to the data presented by Óscar Puente.
“Sasemar carried out a total of 47 air and sea searches, of which 29 were operated by the AS Sasemar 102 Rosalía de Castro aircraft; 14 were carried out with various Maritime Rescue helicopters; and four equivalent sea searches were operated by Salvamar. Mirach. None of the searches found pellets or bags in the sea,said Puente this Wednesday in his appearance at the Congress of Deputies, which included Europa Press.
In the same line, stated the head of the Transport portfolio A total of 105 satellite images were analyzed by the European Maritime Safety Agency, and no plastic remains recovered from the white tide were found. Also, it maintains that since they became aware of the leak, “necessary steps have been taken to minimize damage from the accident” and “collaborate with other administrations in the resolution of this episode.”.
In a European key, he emphasized that they had already begun European Commission meetings to suggest that plastic pellets be included in the dangerous goods. “The significant effort we made to minimize the damage obtained from the accident was seen, as was the coordination made with other administrations and entities regarding this particular spill and for the prevention and management of hypothetical spills similar to those in the future,” he concluded.
AP-6, in “bad condition”
In another vein, Óscar Puente admits to being “aware” of the “bad situation” on the A-road, although he defended that the government was “working on it.” He did this in response to a question from the Galician PP deputy, Jaime de Olano.
That’s why Olano complained about the “mistreatment” of Galicia through the Executive. By argument, he points out that “the investment in road maintenance in Catalonia has tripled,” while in Galicia “it has barely grown since 2018.”.
In his answer, Puente admitted the bad condition of the A-6, but he clarified that there are 80 kilometers of it, which go through Lugo, that have been lowered. In his defense, he also defended that in the next two weeks, another section will be given to the province of A Coruña.