While politics keeps “talking”, drills have already begun to perforate terrain. One can see them from the beach with the naked eye: gigantic platforms with vessels that shuttle to load the precious black liquid. And the Earth has begun to give signs of impatience.
Italian regions were expected to express strongly their position. The same regions that raised their voices when there was the former Knight Berlusconi at Palazzo Chigi. Instead, too many of them chose silence, after Renzi Government had authorized, during the first two weeks of June, 11 projects of inspection that use a technique called ‘‘airgun’’, a tool capable of generating waves with the help of a compressor which creates, then makes explode an air bubble underwater.
In the “Sblocca Italia” (Unblock Italy) decree, there is a law that essentially deprives Regions of their veto power on allowing research and drilling oil and methane wells. Renzi’s goal is to cut bureaucracy, increase the extractive power, and unlock investments. Everything is linked to the National Energy Strategy which includes the doubling of hydrocarbons extraction in our country, up to 24 million barrels a year by 2020.
It is a signal of myopia – according to Andrea Boraschi, responsible for the Greenpeace campaign Energy and Climate – given by the Executive in the defining the Italian energy strategy. “During the last months – he says – we have witnessed a new attack on a large scale on our seas. We want to show concretely the threat to which the Italian coasts are exposed. Is it really the kind of future we want? A future of airguns, drills, and platforms? There is very little oil under our seabed: a negligible amount considering the energy needs of the country, yet, it is an opportunity to make profit for a handful of companies. It should be clear to everyone that the game is not worth the candle”.
In fact, there have been many, too many seismic events that have left a sign on the cities with its load of suffering and sacrificed human lives. In Italy as in the rest of the world. We cite only a few of them: Mexico (1979), Norway (1977), Nigeria (1980), Piper Alpha(1988), Hight North on the Indian Ocean (2005), Ussimacunta (2007), and, closer to us, Ancona (1972) and Aquila. The latter is still a city deprived of its historical center. And how can we forget about all the children and families that died under the rubbles and the insipid comments of the “lobby benefactors” ready to intervene in order to make profit out of suffering!
Those days there are debates going on in some Regional and Municipal Councils, concerning a problem that, for some years now, has been affecting 7 regions: drilling in the Adriatic Sea and in some agricultural areas nearby. The inhabitants of the Marche region have fell prey again to the earthquake syndrome: shocks are more and more frequent and everyone feels their intensity.
The governments of the involved regions met a few weeks ago and proposed “a referendum”, which is an interesting tool of democratic participation, but which will not affect the problem as quickly as an emergency requires (and whether it is an emergency or not, should be established by an expert and not by a politician). In fact, arises the following question: are citizens, who are not earthquakes experts, able to choose the necessary tool to address this possible emergency?! How can citizen protect their own lives and that of their children, as well as the environment around them? If one of the plants were to spill or a tanker were to explode, as it already happened before, what would be the extent of environmental damage? This is yet another slap in the face of politics which proves to be either unable to communicate or to commands without any debates.
Hence, more legitimate questions arise: Why not to intervene with a shared bill that would include all the involved regions, for example, the Marche region of the former Governor Spacca who has now been forgotten, but who proposed a law whose goal is “prohibition of prospecting, exploration and production of hydrocarbon liquids”? Unfortunately, nature does not follow human time. The shocks that happened those days do not affect only the earth crust, but also people’s intelligence and hearts.