NTM action on trenching works at Comino and Dwejra
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Nature Trust Malta has said that the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) immediately stopped trenching works on Comino by Enemalta on Wednesday after receiving reports from Nature Trust.
“An enforcement order against the trenching works carried out without a permit was immediately issued by the authority against Enemalta,” NTM said.
“The works were notified to MEPA by Nature Trust’s environmental educator Annalise Falzon who was heading a group of Danish visitors, whose visit to Comino was disturbed by the noise of drilling,” NTM continued.
“Enemalta was excavating the trench to lay an optic fibre cable which was to pass from one end to the other end of the islands passing through sensitive ecological areas.”
“As a Natura 2000 site, Comino forms part of a network of European nature reserves that merit special protection on a European level due to their ecological importance. Comino is also designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC),” NTM said.
NTM concluded by saying “In another report as NTM we have placed our question to Mepa as to why trenching works are being carried out at Dwejra for electricity provision when the site is listed as a dark sky Heritage.”