Renewal of fuel stations, removal of protected trees among new ERA applications

Fuel Petrol Station

Two new applications were approved covering operations of existing service stations in Mosta (EP 0093/19) and Żurrieq (EP 0050/19), the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) has announced.

Both petrol stations have been refurbished to introduce Vapour Recovery systems as required by applicable legislation. All petrol stations are required to have secondary recovery systems to capture the vapours from the dispensing of petrol and the Authority is processing a number of applications of existing fuel stations that are undergoing refurbishment.

Another application considered by the ERA Board regarded interventions on trees as part of the upgrading works and road junction improvements at Triq l-Imdina, Mrieħel (NP 0167/20). The removal of nine Eucalyptus trees, two Italian cypress trees and eight trees that are invasive and alien species has been approved on condition that 110 trees would be planted as compensation for the removal of the 11 protected trees. The planting of the new trees shall be done in public open spaces in the proximity of the affected site.

Other applications included:

  • Two applications covered renewal by two hotels at St. Julians (EP 49/20 and EP 54/20) covering various obligations including the control and monitoring of the discharges to sea
  • Another renewal of permit application considered the continued operation of a port facility at Marsaxlokk Harbour to service the offshore oil rig industry (EP 0042/20)
  • A renewal of an environmental permit application by a waste management facility located at Bulebel Industrial Estate, Zejtun, to operate an interim storage, pre-treatment and transfer facility for certain types of waste (EP 0071/20). 
  • Four other applications determined by the ERA Board consisted of the renewal of operations for the rearing of tuna. Three of these permits cover operations by different operators that have their farms located at the South-East Aquaculture Zone (EP 0001/20, EP 0023/20 and EP 0114/19) and another permit covers the operations of a farm at the temporary North Aquaculture Zone (EP 0118/19).