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Reference is made to the press release issued by the Communications Office of the Malta Environment & Planning Authority entitled ‘Dwejra Film Clean Up Operation’ on Monday 1st November 2010 regarding the clean-up process at Dwejra Gozo following a film shoot by production company Fire & Blood Productions.
In the permit issued to the production company for filming on the location, MEPA set out all the conditions and requirements necessary for work to be undertaken in the area. It is with regret that the production company confirms that a sub-contractor hired by them did not adhere to certain conditions of the clean-up procedure, and therefore Fire & Blood Productions apologises for any unnecessary distress caused by this process.
Once the work of the sub-contractor was seen as utilising incorrect methods, all necessary steps and precautions were immediately put in place to ensure that the clean-up process ensues according to the requirements set out by MEPA, and that no lasting or irreversible impact is left on the area. The production company has enlisted a local supervised team with the manual clean-up of the area in accordance with MEPA’s regulations. These requirements involve the removal of sand manually, without the use of mechanical equipment.
The production company naturally values the environmental concerns associated with this issue, and immediate rectification of the situation has been embarked upon. The production company regret the unfortunate incident, and are committed to continuing their positive experience of filming in Malta with the respect of the island’s cultural and natural heritage merits.
Fire & Blood Productions
Thomas Andrews House
Belfast BT3 9DU