The Provincial Inspectorate for Environmental Protection in Gdańsk is investigating the abandonment of several hundred barrels of petroleum substances on Sobieszewo Island. The research is to show whether the soil and the waters of the Martwa Wisła were contaminated. The perpetrators may face a fine of up to a million zlotys.
Scattered barrels on the Sobieszewo Island near the Martwa Wisła were noticed by the crew of the ship of the Maritime Office in Gdynia. And immediately notified the Provincial Inspectorate for Environmental Protection in Gdańsk. On the spot, inspectors confirmed that several hundred barrels of petroleum substances had been abandoned. As reported by Adam Krajewski, a TVN24 reporter, the containers with waste are “unsecured and cracked”.
– Unfortunately, most of these containers were in very poor condition, so much so that there was a leakage of these substances. Under the influence of, as we suspect, the temperatures they deformed and unfortunately unsealed – says Beata Cieślik, spokesman for the Provincial Inspectorate for Environmental Protection in Gdańsk.
She added that soil and Martwa Wisła water samples had already been collected and sent to the central research laboratory in Gdańsk. The results are intended to indicate whether contamination has occurred.
The perpetrators may face a million zloty fine
The investigation into this matter is carried out by the Voivodship Inspectorate for Environmental Protection in Gdańsk. There is also the question of removing the containers.
– The mayor of the city initiates administrative proceedings in which he may order the disposal of this waste to its owner, i.e. the owner of the land – says Radosław Rzepecki, deputy of the Pomeranian Environmental Protection Inspector.
He adds that there is one more option to remove barrels, provided for in Article 26a of the Waste Act. – This is an extraordinary procedure for the removal of waste, and this waste will be removed directly by the mayor of Gdańsk himself – explains Rzepecki.
The person who abandoned the barrels is still being established. As the inspectors found out, there is only one land owner. However, he sublet part of the plot – where the waste was stored – to other people.
– The Pomeranian voivodship inspector of environmental protection may impose an administrative fine of up to one million zlotys – emphasizes Rzepecki.
The case may also go to the prosecutor’s office.
Main photo source: TVN24