Monday, March 27, 2017

Environment

Serra to discuss surveys with the new Commissioner

The president of the Consell de Ibiza, Vicent Serra, will meet the new European Commissioner for the Environment, Karmenu Vella, to address the issue of oil exploration in the Gulf of Valencia on February 5th. At the meetings held in 2014 and 2013 in Brussels, the Commissioner Janez Potocnik and his team undertook to monitor the process of environmental impact …

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Catching the winter sun

The state meteorological agency expects the cold weather of recent days to continue throughout the New Year celebrations on Ibiza and Formentera, but with a slight rise in temperatures. Today these will range from 6 degrees minimum to 14 maximum, but it will feel much warmer out of the wind in that rather pleasant winter sun.

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A new report by the Ministry of Environment advises against oil exploration

The Directorate for Sustainability of the Coast and the Sea, part of the Ministry of the Environment, sent a report on November 11th last that did not recommend the search for hydrocarbons in the Balearic Sea, an area of 100,000 square kilometers east of the archipelago. “The potential effect on the marine fauna present in the area in question is …

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Strong winds force cancellation of the maritime connection between Ibiza and Formentera

This weekend’s bad weather forced several ships to cancel voyages between the Islands, according to the Baleària shipping company. The ferries between Ibiza and Formentera at 8.00 and 11.00 on Saturda morning were cancelled, although the weather did not affect the remaining scheduled times throughout the day. Meanwhile, the strong gusts of winds that blew throughout Saturday night caused slight …

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Neighbours of the Ses Planes quarry ask the authorities not to ratify the asphalt plant project

The Association of People Affected by Ses Planes quarry yesterday sent letters to the President of the Consell d’Eivissa, Vicent Serra, and the Mayor of Santa Eulalia, Vicent Marí, requesting that representatives of their institutions vote against ratification of the proposed asphalt plant project. The Association does not understand the reasons for this meeting even being called, “the Department of …

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Spanish government aims to win support for fracking with new tax

The Spanish government is using taxes to try to break local and regional reticence over oil exploration and fracking. On Friday the Cabinet agreed to send Congress a change to hydrocarbons legislation that includes a new tax on oil and gas exploitation. Part of the proceeds will be transferred to regional and municipal governments where the sites are located, if …

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Wind causes multiple incidents

Gusts up to 90 kph caused many incidents yesterday, though none too serious. Firefighters had more than a dozen call-outs between 5 am and 4.30 pm. The branch of a tree fell and damaged a car at the Don Pepe apartments in Es Codolar. There were also several fallen trees blocking roads and entrances in various parts of the island. …

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Civil Protection warn of strong winds on land and on the islands’ coasts

The Directorate General of Civil Protection and Emergencies of the Ministry of the Interior warned yesterday that Zaragoza, Castellón, Tarragona, Girona and the Balearics, would experience onshore winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour today, while Catalonia and the Balearic Islands should expect strong coastal winds. According to the predictions of the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), heavy rains are …

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“Urgent and immediate” repair of the Talamanca sewage outlet requested

The Sub-committee on Planning of the Ayuntamiento de Vila, created to find a solution to the problems caused by the sewage outlet near to Talamanca beach, met today for the first time and agreed to urge the Balearic Ministry of the Environment and the Agència Balear de l’Aigua i la Qualitat Ambiental (Abaqua) for the “urgent and immediate” replacement of …

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