Murcian government has given the go-ahead to file an administrative appeal against the decision of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITECO) which authorised a transfer through the Tajo-Segura of “only 12 cubic hectometres for the month of September”, i.e. “eight cubic hectometres less than the maximum provided for in the rules of exploitation with the current level of reserves”.
This was made known by the spokeswoman for the regional government, Valle Miguélez, who criticised the fact that this is “a new cut based on political criteria, and not scientific or technical” that “punishes Murcian farmers once again and that adds to the work on these infrastructures that will prevent the arrival of new resources for supply and irrigation until next year”.
The decision on the transfer, which was formalised through Order TED/972/2021 of 14 September, authorised eight hectometres less than the maximum foreseen by the rules of exploitation with the current level of reserves.
The contentious administrative appeal will be brought before the National Court, as it is a regulation issued by a central administration.
Since 2018, when Teresa Ribera took office as Minister for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, “there has been a cut of 101.4 hm3 in the volumes of water transferred, as 328.2 hm3 have been authorised, compared to the volume proposed by the Commission for the Exploitation of the Tajo-Segura Aqueduct, which amounts to 429.6 hm3”, according to the Murcian government.