“The Shell of Shells” – Minister Herrera replies

Minister José Herrera is reassuring BirdLife Malta that all environmental aspects were duly considered and assessed after they have shown concern  on the effects that the giant fireball which will be fired on Thursday night in Żurrieq will leave on the islet of Filfla and the surroundings.

BirdLife were particularly concerned about the birds which have a high sensitivity to light and noise pollution which are currently nesting on the islet, and had asked the  Minister to intervene on this matter and for ERA to publish an impact assessment on possible damages on Natura 200 sites on Filfla and the sea around the islet.

In a press release Minister José Herrera said that he is informed and assured  by the Environmental Regulator ERA that all environmental aspects were duly considered and assessed.

With specific reference to the permit for this activity, ERA stipulated various conditions and mitigation measures that need to be adhered to both during the event and after. Such conditions predominantly include that all preparatory work and dismantling shall take place between sunrise and sunset, use of flash powder is prohibited and only one firework is let off. ERA also stipulated that a sea clean-up has to be carried out expediently within a radius of 500m of the barge.

“The Shell of Shells” is a giant fireball which will be fired on Thursday as part of the celebrations at the Żurrieq village feast.