Parliament unanimously approved Wednesday PEV, BE and PCP requirements to hear the ministers of the Environment and Energy Transition, and Deputy and Economy, following the collapse of the road connecting Borba to Vila Viçosa.
MEPs unanimously voted on three applications from the Green Party (ENP), the Left Bloc (BE) and the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) for hearings on the collapse of old National Road (EN) 255, next to quarries in the borough of Borba.
Following the approval of the applications, the parliament will request the hearing of the Ministers of the Environment and Energy Transition, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, and Deputy and Economy, Pedro Siza Vieira, as well as various entities in the area of environment and engineering.
The petition submitted by the ENP requested the hearing of the Minister of the Environment and Energy Transition, "following the tragedy in the former EN255, in the Borba-Vila Viçosa section".
The BE requested the hearing of the Deputy Ministers of Economy and of the Environment and of the Energy Transition, as well as the Portuguese Environment Agency and the National Laboratory of Energy and Geology (LNEG), on "the collapse of National Highway 255, quarries 'Olival Grande São Sebastião' and 'Carrascal JS', in the borough of Borba.
The request of the PCP, in addition to the Minister João Pedro Matos Fernandes, proposed to hear the Order of Engineers and the Portuguese Federation of Construction, Ceramics and Glass Trade Unions on the "landslide" in EN255 between Borba and Vila Viçosa, in the district of Évora.
The sliding of a large volume of rocks, blocks of marble and earth, and the collapse of a section about 100 meters from Highway 255 into two contiguous quarries occurred on November 19, killing two workers and the fall of two vehicles that circulated in the way, that resulted three mortal victims.
The Public Prosecutor's Office has opened an investigation into the circumstances of the accident and the Government has requested an urgent inspection of the licensing, operation, supervision and suspension of operation of the quarries located in the Borba area.