The Tuscany Region comes back swinging. ____________ Marble Quarry Closures and the proposed Environmental Protection Plan


Enrico Rossi, the President of Tuscany has upped the ante in the already heated debate taking place over the Region’s proposed Environmental Plan – which sees the closure of some of the marble quarries operating in the Natural Park of the Apuan Alps. The President’s answer to the Quarries’ – and the Mayors of all the Municipalities affected – request to scrap the Plan, is unequivocal, … and sure to displease the Pro-Quarry Coalition.

“The violence with which the quarry industry throws itself against the work of the Region’s Urban Planner and of the Regional Council makes even clearer the necessity of a change in the government of, and the bringing-to-norm of the quarries.” … these are President Rossi’s words – as quoted in a daily – … and they sound like fightin’ words to us.

Rossi placed his complete confidence in the Region’s proposed Plan: “If there’s someone who thinks that the Plan won’t be approved, then they’re dead wrong;” and thus he underscores that he has placed his continued tenure as President of the Region on the passage of the Environmental Plan.

“Even for the Quarries,” continued Rossi,  “the moment has come to change, today we need to work and develop with due respect for the environment.”

To be continued…

The photo above is by Emanuele Lotti, from Flickr.

Previously on Art is Life:

Marble Quarry Closures – The seven mayors of the Versilia stand united against Tuscany

48 marble quarries at risk of being shut down as part of new Tuscany Region environmental plan

“L’economia alternativa nelle Apuane” conference will address alternatives to the ongoing marble quarrying, this Saturday, in Lucca

“Turning Art History into Toothpaste” The issues involving the “ongoing environmental disaster” in Carrara’s marble region are beginning to be noticed

<Reposting: “The destruction of the Apuan Alps; the greatest environmental disaster of Europe”

UPDATE: ____________ “Stop the destruction of the Apuan Alps” – Online petition gathers steam, prompts an official response

“SALVIAMO LE APUANE” Environmentalists and “escursionisti” tag Mount Pania to stop the “destruction of the Apuan Alps”

“The Plundered Alps” Der Spiegel Magazine tells of the devastation of the Apuan Alps

John Singer Sargent’s watercolors of the Marble Quarries in Carrara

“The Apennine in the light of day / Is a mighty mountain dim and gray.” B&W photos of the marble quarries in the Apuan Alps over Carrara

“Out of the Mist – the Rock Art of the Alpi Apuane” at Villa Gori

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