The Provincial Inspectorate of Environmental Protection in Szczecin discovered the illegal dismantling of a barge using a drone. This is another intervention against the same entrepreneur. Last year, a report was submitted to the prosecutor’s office about his crime. The investigation was discontinued because “this act does not constitute a prohibited act.” WIOŚ filed a complaint in this matter.
On December 29, 2023, while carrying out an inspection using a drone, inspectors of the Provincial Inspectorate of Environmental Protection detected illegal dismantling of a barge carried out by one of the entrepreneurs at Tama Pomorzańska Street in Szczecin.
“The barge was cut on the bank of the canal, in the immediate vicinity of the Oder, without securing the water and soil, without an installation dedicated to ship processing capable of separating water into which paints containing copper and tin compounds penetrate, which decompose slowly in the aquatic environment and have a strong tendency to for bioaccumulation in bottom sediments and aquatic organisms.” – we read in the inspector’s announcement.
A drone flight over the area revealed more barges that are probably waiting to be dismantled.
The prosecutor’s office discontinued previous investigations
In the first half of 2023, Szczecin inspectors already detected the illegal dismantling of two barges on the river bank by the same entrepreneur. Then, the Provincial Inspectorate of Environmental Protection submitted two reports to the prosecutor’s office about committing a crime involving illegal cutting of barges.
On November 28, 2023, the Szczecin-Śródmieście district prosecutor’s office discontinued the investigation into these two cases, stating that this act did not constitute a prohibited act.
In December last year, the Provincial Inspector of Environmental Protection filed a complaint to the district court against the discontinuation of the investigation.
– We are waiting to hear what the court will say regarding the previous notifications. We do not rule out submitting another notification, said Michał Ruczyński from the Szczecin inspectorate.
For illegal dismantling of barges, an entrepreneur may receive an administrative fine of up to PLN 1 million for each barge.
Main photo source: Provincial Inspectorate of Environmental Protection in Szczecin