The PSC party signed a deal yesterday with the CiU to allow Artur Mas to be elected president before Christmas and to take up office on December 28th (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Artur Mas and Joaquim Nadal closed a deal yesterday afternoon, confirmed in a written agreement which requires consensus on various initiatives and in return requires the PSC to not vote against the investidura (the ceremony of taking possession of any official position). The basic of the negotiation between the CiU and the PSC were talked through at the hotel Alimara in Barcelona where the Socialists outlined in a paper their conditions. The news was welcomed by members of the PSOE in Madrid with senior sources saying "it's the best news the PSC has brought us in many years." The document signed by both parties is a statement of good intentions to try and foster a consensus between the two parties. Download the document here.
Three wild boars spotted in L'Hospitalet (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Three boars from Collserola, a young and two adults descended from the hills and found themselves, after crossing over the Ronda de Dalt and Diagonal in the Marquesa Park before being rounded up by local agents of the generalitat and taken to a wildlife centre. The presence of these animals is common in the neighbourhoods closet to Collserola but according to Jaume Torralba, head of the Cuerpo de Agentes Rurales, "these animals have changed their habits, many have lost their fear of humans and are domesticated." Torralba also points to a high density of the species in the park, leading to food becoming more scarce. Once spotted, the three boar were guarded by local police officers who closed the park to prevent incident until animal officers arrived. They were then sedated by dart and taken to an animal centre.
Leaking oil spill off Tarragona reaches 1,900 hectares in size ( read article in Castilian here, El Pais). A Repsol oil rig operating of the Ebro Detla, 50 kilometres off the coast caused an oil spill of between 120,000 and 180,000 litres of crude oil and forced the operators to activate a contingency plain to contain the slick. The leak, which the central government in Tarragona calculated as an amount equivalent to 1,000 barrels of crude oil has caused a spot of some 1,900 hectares. Forecasters predict that the northeast wind, will move the slick and it will not reach the beaches. A spokesman for Repsol said "we have allocated three ships to take charge of the cleanup and containment, which is likely to extend into tomorrow. An additional three vessels have been mobilised to prevent the stain spreading towards the coastline. A spokesperson for Greenpeace said, "Repsol are putting at stake the environment in an area do sensitivity in order to exploit minimal amounts of oil." The oil platform has been active since 1981 and processes and transports around 2,000 barrels of oil per day with three operational drills. Repsol technicians have opened an investigation to clarify what happened. The platform has caused three oil spills in the last 18 months, the other two leaks occurring between May and June last year. The magistrate in Tarragona charged two executives of the oil company for "gross negligence in the provision of risk."