Ecologists and conservationistsclaim an alternative to the power line turrets that are contemplated in the revised project of theCentral of Chira-Soria, currently in public exhibition. The main option is the burying of the high voltage lines and, in this sense, they question that the beetle called pimelia has this area as the only habitat in Gran Canaria and that there are reports that show that the impact on the ecosystem of this species is minimal because there are also other places on the island.
The urban planner and member of thePlatform for a Sustainable Territory,Faustino García Márquez, questionRed Eléctrica (REE)Now consider as the only route the aerial laying along 20 kilometers and 42 towers that would cross the southern basin from the Chira and Soria dams to the Barranco deArguineguin, passing through the Taurus Mountain. In his opinion, "you can not dispatch with the protection of pimelia a solution that has a visual impact on the brutal landscape, you have to look for alternatives because it is a condition that is as important as the protection of ecosystems and, in change, there are no corrective measures that minimize the impact that is generated ".
García Márquez recalls that in 2017 the possibility was published in the media that the layout of thepower lineof the plant was partially buried in those areas with the greatest landscape impact and in other places outside the air. However, now REE only contemplates the turrets with an argument that for this town planner can even be "ridiculous" because intervention corrective elements could be applied in the area so that, if there really is a large colony of this type of beetle , look for alternative areas for them where the lines do not pass.
The member of the Platform for a Sustainable Territory also warns that it is a good part of the territory that theCabildo of Gran Canariawants to turn into a national park. "It is the oldest geological zone of the island, it coincides with the national park that promotes the Cabildo and in the middle of it they want to place 20 kilometers of 220 kV high voltage power lines, it does not make much sense," he adds.
For its part, the environmental organizationBen Magecfinalizes the allegations that will be submitted to the new project developed by Red Eléctrica. Your spokesperson,Eugenio Reyes, believes that getting involved with turrets in the natural monument of Tauro is "outrageous" because the company, in exchange for cost savings, "cares little about the landscape, thetourismand what it will cost the Canaries in time the impact in the area because then the problem is not for them, but for all Gran Canaria.
"We have very clear the burial, there are studies that were entrusted to theUniversity of La Lagunain which this beetle does not appear in the area and more than 30 soundings were made, in other places of the island the species is, so we want to know where the company takes the studies to conclude that burying the cabling ends with the Pimelia , we want to contrast it with our reports, "explains Reyes, who explains that pimelia has a wide habitat and is" manageable. "This beetle was decades ago in the sands ofInsular Stadiumand it became extinct in the area with the buildings that were built.
In any case, the representative of Ben Magec adds that there are other alternatives that have been shuffled to aerial lines such as taking advantage of the channeling that has to be done to collect water and also to place the cables.
Reyes also warns that before finally approving the project it is necessary to modify theInsular Plan of Ordination (PIO)because, to this day, this type of infrastructure is not allowed by planning. This specific change will also have to be submitted to public information and there, too, ecologists will oppose any kind of aerial laying.