The Voice of the Susa Valley /4

8 dicembre Val di Susa.JPG

8 dicembre Val di Susa 2.JPG
photo: demonstration 8 December 2005 Venaus

I’m listing a series of common sayings about the Susa Valley with comments from the No TAV campaign and 2 photos of the encounters on 8 December in which you can see the famous 1000 Black block and the anarchists mentioned by our employee Pisanu. The same man that said there was no (baton) charge at this location in Venaus.

If there exists a Pro-TAV campaign that wants to provide contrary information to these points, send me an email and I will publish it. If it is not possible to prove that these points are not correct, then we need a European Committee of Inquiry.

The nine common sayings

1 WITHOUT THE TURIN-LYON, PIEDMONT WOULD BE ISOLATED FROM THE REST OF EUROPE
In reality, Piedmont is already abundantly connected to Europe and above all through the Susa Valley. In this valley there are already 2 main roads a motorway and a dual track train line for passengers and freight. There is even the so-called motorway-train (transport of HGV by special shuttle trains). They are all connecting lines with France going through two natural passes (Monginevro and Moncenisio) and two artificial tunnels (Frejus for trains and for motorway). All this fits into a valley floor that is on average 1.5km wide! Even the river, the Dora Riparia has trouble squeezing in, and every so often it floods.

2. THE EXISTING TRAIN LINES ARE SATURATED
In fact the existing Turin-Modane train line is only used at 38% of its capacity. The HGV shuttle leaves every day desolately empty. (But they were rediscovered and pounced upon in the period when the Frejus tunnel was closed after the fire.) The direct train connection Turin-Lyon was suppressed because there weren’t enough passengers. And the flow of goods – forecast by those who want it the work in exponential growth – is in fact down by 9% in the last year!

3. THE TURIN-LYON IS INDISPENSABLE TO THE ECONOMIC REVIVAL OF PIEDMONT
In fact the opposite is true. By removing resources (it’s all public money) from research, innovation, the recovery of industry in deep crisis (Fiat and others) , the TAV will be the final blow to Piedmont’s economy.

4 THE TAV WILL REMOVE THE HGV FROM THE VALLEY
In fact just to kick off, the 10-15 years of work needed to construct the Turin-Lyon will bring to the roads of the Valley and to the area around Turin something like 500 lorries a day (and night) to transport the material from the excavation from the tunnel to stockpile sites, with a great increase in pollution and dust. Once the apocalyptic phase of building sites is over and the Great Work is realised, who says that the merchandise will pass from the motorway to the new railway? The opposite will happen. The promoters of this work and recent transport engineering studies tell us that only 1% of the current road traffic will transfer to rail.
Massive advantage.

5 THE PEOPLE OF THE SUSA VALLEY ARE EGOTISTS AND DON’T CONSIDER THE INTERESTS OF ITALY.
In fact, at the moment 35% of the goods crossing the Alps go through the Susa Valley! Along the Frejus Motorway 4,500 HGV pass every day. This can be compared to the 1,500 passing Mont Blanc in the Aosta Valley where the number of HGV is limited by law.

6. THE TURIN-LYON BRINGS WORK TO THE PEOPLE OF PIEDMONT.
In fact, as is already happening for all the structural work currently going on, this is short-term work carried out to a great extent by manual workers from outside the European Union. Also, the contracting firms bring in their own technical people and workers from their own Regions (there’s a saying that you get your wife and your cows from your own village – but here they’ll get their firms and their cows from their own village). For the towns and villages of the Susa Valley and the area round Turin, a great problem would arrive: the mafia. Turbulent tendering processes have already been identified in the phase of geological surveys on behalf of politicians from Piedmont and others. Who knows what we’d see for the actual construction work!

7. THE TRACK IS ALMOST ALL INSIDE THE TUNNEL. WHAT HARM WILL IT DO?
In fact it will do a great deal of harm. The route involves a 23 kilometre tunnel inside the Musinè, a mountain where there is much asbestos. The machine that perforates the rock will send into the air quite a lot of asbestos fibre. Invisible and lethal. The wind will carry it everywhere. The wind called the “foehn” will take it as far as the centre of Turin. Breathing in asbestos fibre causes a tumour of the lungs (mesotelioma pleurico), which doesn’t give you a chance. Asbestos is a material that has been outlawed since 1977. To excavate tunnels in a place like this is illegal and criminal. And what’s more: The 53Kilometre Italy -France tunnel excavated inside the Massiccio dell’Ambin (Ambin mountain) will encounter (apart from water sources and springs that will be destroyed) rock containing uranium. And what’s more: A railway in a tunnel needs loads of tiny tunnels, at right angles to the main tunnel. They are called service tunnels – or “windows”. There will be 12 of tem. These will need their own construction sites, all in areas where there are villages and houses. It will be a type of hell with noise and dust and lorries going back and forth on narrow village roads, day and night for at least 15 years.
And what’s more: the tunnelling of such long sections in the mountain near to densely populated towns and villages may dry out the water tables and the aqueducts, as has happened for the TAV tunnels of Mugello, for which trials are going on now concerning environmental disaster.
And what’s more: The road system will be turned upside-down. Over-passes will be constructed at each site of works. Perhaps these new roads will be calculated as compensation in regard to the environmental impact of the work? (To have a vague idea, go and tour round the Turin-Milan motorway and see the upset cause by the Turin-Novara TAV).

8 THIS WORK IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY BECAUSE IT RELEASES PRIVATE CAPITAL INTO THE MARKET.
In fact the estimated cost of 20 thousand million Euro is all charged to the public purse. All public money, but entrusted to private firms according to the diabolical invention of the general contractor. It is guaranteed by the Italian State. Nobody private will put in a Euro, especially after the experience of the tunnel under the English Channel. That sent into bankruptcy those that bought bonds. The incredible amounts of money that are needed by this work will be taken from the existing railway lines (already in a disastrous state), from hospitals, schools, and all public services, and from the development of renewable sources of energy to replace petrol.
And what’s more: It has already been forecast that the new Turin-Lyon railway line will have very high management costs and will be making a loss for scores of years.
And what’s more: Notwithstanding the fact that most of the route is in French territory, the Italian Government has accepted to cover the cost of two thirds of the International route (Borgone – St.-Jean-de-Maurienne). Anyway it’s us that pay.

9 WHOEVER IS AGAINST THE TURIN-LYON IS AGAINST PROGRESS.
In fact, the opposite is true. Progress must not be confused with infinite growth. The territory of Italy is small and is over-populated. Natural resources (water, agricultural land, forests, minerals) are limited. Pollution and refuse increase without limits. Petrol supplies are coming to an end. Progress means understanding that physical limits exist to our mania to construct and transform the face of the planet. Progress means optimising, making more efficient and durable that which already exists, cutting out what is superfluous and investing in intellectual and cultural growth more than material, using the mind more than muscles. The TAV represents the exact opposite of this idea; it is an old project that is now an anachronism. It foresees infinite growth in the volume of goods to be transported (that will then be the refuse of tomorrow). It privileges as values only speed and quantity. It ignores quality and whether and why we need to transport something.”

THE NO-TAV CAMPAIGN

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No Tunnel, TAV will destroy people and Susa. In Scotland we have a hydro tunnel being constructed work for local people?? NO only migrants, and poor pay.

Posted by: John Service | November 13, 2007 03:36 PM


i wonder if I've ever seen scenes like that when I was outside Italy...

Here it is folks... now you can see trough the bel paese lie... there is no such a thing as that...

However, what do you expect from a country with convicted people in the parliament?

Posted by: Giuseppe De Sio | December 11, 2005 09:55 AM


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