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State Environmental Service makes unjustified claims

december 6, 2016 / Ventspils nafta termināls

SIA ““Ventspils nafta” terminals” (VNT) received four official complaints in connection with observed petroleum stenches on 3 December 2016 in the city of Ventspils, although the company did not perform any cargo operations in the respective period.

The complaints were filed by representatives of the State Environmental Service, of which one resides in Tukums and another one is the head of monitoring department of Ventspils Regional Environmental Board (VREB). On 3 December 2016, the deputy director of VREB noted strong petroleum stenches in Ventspils and demanded for a VNT representative to physically come to the location - Market Sqaure (Tirgus laukums), where the stenches had been noted. Upon arrival and meeting the head of monitoring department of VREB, the VNT representative informed that VNT is not performing any active cargo operations and hence cannot be the cause of any stenches observed in the city. The above stated facts indicate that the officials of the State Environmental Service have not performed any investigation or verification prior to making their claims.

VNT highlights that this instance, together with similar instances in the past, causes serious doubt on the competence of the work of the environmental authorities, which should be governed by objectivity and solid facts when performing their duties. Instead, in the context of Ventspils and especially with respect to VNT, the same authorities are guided mainly by speculation. Furthermore the local media outlets apply the same approach by publishing untruthful and biased articles.

Such actions leave negative impression and effects not only on the reputation of the company, but also on the work of authorities in Latvia and independence of media. Furthermore, it deteriorates the trust of investors and their willingness to invest in Latvia, which is, especially important in current economic circumstances.