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Neighbourhood demonstration against 400 kv line

BIG RALLY DEMONSTRATION ON THE ESPLANADE OF THE SANCTUARY OF THE SALIENTE THIS COMING SUNDAY 20-11-2022

press release 11-11-2022
Neighbourhood demonstration against 400 kv line
The demonstration will take place on the esplanade of the Sanctuary of the Saliente.

Neighbourhood opposition to the construction of the 400 kv overhead transmission line with towers of more than 80 metres high through virgin territory, such as the Sierra de las Estancias, is growing every day and is demonstrated by acts such as those carried out in recent years, we remember: 1) large neighbourhood demonstration in Taberno a year and a half ago, 2) Tractorada in Chirivel this past January occupying the A92 to Velez Rubio, 3) the days of neighbourhood coexistence held in the last year, massive collection of more than 6000 allegations in the last two years and 4) currently collecting collective allegations against the current route of the 400 kv power line-highway through the corridor 1 and 2 in countless shops and markets in the area. 5) meetings held during the last six months with the Ministry of Ecological Transition.

Thanks to all this great neighbourhood pressure, last October, through the BOE of 30-10-2022, the project for the La Ribina substation, necessary for the AVE, was published and the environmental impact study for the BAZA – La Ribina line, which had been sneaked in as an annex through the back door, was removed from the administrative procedure, thus fulfilling their promise and their word from the Ministry of Ecological Transition. So it is demonstrated that this line Baza – La Ribina is not a priority, not even for the AVE, but to evacuate numerous wind and solar projects that will fill with energy scrap all our fields (attached screenshot of the BOE, to prove it).

The platform Salvemos la Sierra de la Estancias has organised for the 20th of November a big neighbourhood rally in the esplanade of the Santuario del Saliente in their fight against the current route of the 400kv line, a route that will cross and literally kill the countryside in the north of ALMERIA. We will be attended by the Mayors of Oria Marcos Reche, Mayor of Taberno Antonio Martos, Deputy Mayor of Velez Rubio José Manuel Marrero, and Mayor of Albox Francisco Torrecillas, as well as councillors of different political colours from the 4 municipalities mentioned above. It is also worth mentioning that the Albox Town Hall will provide several buses free of charge for residents to go up to the Sanctuary that day, the buses will leave at 10.00 am that morning from the fairgrounds.

In this neighbourhood meeting a manifesto will be read against the current route of the 400kv line which will also cause a great visual impact, from the esplanade of the Sanctuary you will see up to 6 kms of towers of more than 800 meters that will cross the highest part of the mountains of the Saliente, in a capricious and subjective route that will cross the entire northwest of the municipality of Albox, seriously affecting the cultivation of organic almonds, the largest in all of Spain and affecting and much religious tourism, being the Sanctuary of the Saliente the Marian centre of greatest pilgrimage in the southeast of Spain, collecting pilgrims coming from both Almeria, Granada and Murcia and very possibly have to cross under the more than 24 cables that will take this “famous power line”, let’s hope that this does not happen! !

That the purpose of this rally is the claim and protest of the farmers and landowners affected by the publication in the B.O.P. of Almeria on 22/11/21/21 of the date of the publication in the B.O.P. of Almeria of 22/11/21. of Almeria dated 22/11/21 of the List of Assets and Rights affected 400 kV overhead power transmission line double circuit Baza-Ribina, included as an Annex in the Announcement of the Industry and Energy Unit of the Government Subdelegation in Almeria; with the intention of making clear to all the bodies involved our most radical opposition to the construction of the 400 kV line, as this project seriously undermines organic farming, will have a serious environmental impact, and will not only affect the landscape, but will also have negative consequences on protected species of fauna and flora, which have not been taken into account in the Environmental Impact Study; As a result, it will only lead to further depopulation, if possible, in the villages in the north of the province, as it will also harm the development of rural tourism, as a means of economic growth in the area.

. COMPLAINT TO THE EUROPEAN UNION.

A few months ago, the platform “SALVEMOS LA SIERRA DE LAS ESTANCIAS”, together with the Town Councils of Albox, Oria, Taberno and Vélez Rubio, denounced before the European Commission that the Plan for the Development of the Electrical Energy Transmission Network 2015-2020, approved by Agreement of the Council of Ministers on 16 October 2015 (BOE nº 254, of 23.10. 2015), commonly known as the 2015-2020 Energy Plan, violated Directive 2001/42 on the environmental assessment of plans and programmes, and Directives 2003/4/EC and 2003/35/EC on public access to environmental information and public participation in drawing up plans and programmes, in that, for its approval, it was not subject to the strategic environmental assessment procedure provided for in Law 21/2013, of 9 December, on environmental assessment (hereinafter, Law 21/2013).

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