Corridor 5, the Scourge of God


The barbarians passed through Italy and did loads of damage. Attila stopped the grass growing but he left in peace the trees, the water sources and all the rest. From then on, Italy has survived everything, the plague, wars, the Savoys, Bossi and Giovanardi. However itís possible that it wonít survive Corridor 5 that will drill through the Alps, the Apennines and the Po Valley so that mozzarellas can be speedily transported from Kiev to Lisbon.

Thisíll be in 20 years time when those responsible for this stupidity will probably be dead. We will see trains pass by fasterthanfast across the whole of the North while thousands of millions of Euro will have finished up at normal speeds into the pockets of the red co-operatives (Perhaps this is why the Ds chiamparinobressofassino have all joined forces?) and of lunardian companies (perhaps this is why the Centre Right agrees? Including the Lega of the valleys hard and pure?)

The Tav/Tac is not only Val di Susa, itís also Liguria, Lombardy, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia.
A Friulan friend has written to me.

ďDear Beppe,

Thank goodness that you are lending us a hand with the TAV affair.
However Iíd like to remind you that itís not just Val Susa. Of course, Val Susa is extremely important as it is the first stage in a monstrous system. Corridor 5 will involve Lombardy, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia (but also your Liguria with the second pass, ask Lenzi of WWF ItalyÖ) And then thereís Slovenia where we are trying to establish contacts.

For the North East and in particular Friuli Venezia Giulia I invite you to visit our site and in particular the sections "progetto" and "opinioni".

A preliminary project of RFI/Italferr between Ronchi dei Legionari (GO) and Trieste in 2004 was turned down by the Commissione Speciale di Valutazione d'Impatto Ambientale {Environmental Impact Committee} and by the Ministry of Cultural and Environmental Affairs (Minister Urbani, who was immediately substituted by Buttiglione, who knows why). More than 26 kilometres of double tunnels (in some cases triple tunnels) underneath il Carso di Gorizia and Trieste, in one of the territories that is the richest in caves in the world. An authentic folly!

Itís not yet come out publicly, but itís said that another preliminary project is already ready for the stretch Portogruaro (VE)-Ronchi dei Legionari (GO) that goes through and massacres all the lower Friuli plain, an agricultural zone, a zone of many springs, rich in vineyards, many agritourism establishments and with ambitions to develop tourism as the hinterland of the beach resorts of Lignano Sabbiadoro, Grado and the archaeological site of Aquileia.

But if the Corridor 5 goes ahead, itís good-bye to all that. Who would want to go to an agritourism establishment with the din of the super-train?

Beppe, keep thinking of your friends! Ciao".


For the Campaign against Corridor 5
- Comit‚t Cuintra al CoridŰr Sinc
- Odbor Proti Petemu Koridoju

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I already answer to Lenzi but the message was not published. I don't mind, to ignore him is also good.

Posted by: Blisco jaio | July 2, 2006 10:08 PM

Dear Beppe:
I can not give a copy here – for copyright reasons – of the conclusions of my review of a book on natural products to appear in the July/August issue of Marine Biotechnology, the Journal of the European Society for Marine Biotechnology and the Japanese Society of Marine Biotechnology, where I act as reviews editor. I can say, however, that it ends with the warning that with politicians aiming at setting bridges across straits and getting other tunnels bored through the Alps, we are aiding species extinction while posing threats to get replacement taxa. Homo sapiens included (not to hurt anyone, but from a biological perspective this is a species like another, if anything more intrusive).

According to press, our Prime Minister likes new tunnels bored through the Alps and bridges set across straits. You have “high level” contacts. Did you check about the literacy of our Prime Minister about the concept of biological species and biodiversity? Two current words from the mouth and the pencil of politicians and journalists, while the scientist is careful about their definition that has defied even Darwin. Should such literacy be poor, do you think it is a sound move to direct boring? (No fear about bridges: we are lucky to be short of money for that).

Well, you could argue, a politician cannot be tested for literacy in biology, in areas where even the scientist tends to avoid any interview. OK. Then, who is the scientific adviser? He could be tested, and I pose the test here, asking for his list of publications on biodiversity and the impact of biodiversity threatening on man's survival (just to shorten the list, please only publications on high-impact scientific journals).

I look forward to hearing from the interview or seeing the publication list.

Francesco Pietra

Posted by: Francesco Pietra | July 1, 2006 12:28 AM

I completely agree with Blisco. What is wrong with you guys that you prefer trucks and planes from trains? Why do you prefer to become ever more isolated economically? I am not sure other than that I think that Italy is just a very, very conservative country that prefers the status quo from change. Or are we just unlucky because mostly the well-off but confused students write on this forum until mamma says "la cena ť pronta" ?
I want to go to live in Italy and find a job there! Not a medieval infrastructure.

Posted by: Ianelli | June 30, 2006 03:55 PM

Blisco... shut up.

Posted by: Renzo Lenzi | June 30, 2006 08:39 AM

Austrians and Germans are investing bilions of euros in Slovenia just because they have no problems like in Italy. A Belgian company specialized in Pharmaceutics is already there exporting their products everywhere in the old soviet union countries. Austria is ready to accept Turky if european commission accept Croazia because itís a good country for businnes.
Now that there is an occasion to open the dors with this countries are arriving this two-and-a- half guys and say to Grillo: Hey,we are here. No rails with us. One undred years ago it was possible but now is not possible! So, what? We are more stupid than 100 years ago? Do they realize what they are doing? Did they ask their permission to the producers of goods to do that or is just to feel that they are important for some days to be decision makers? Do they need some euros, or what?
Maybe they prefer if friulians are going on to emigrate?
It's very rare to find like here the italian politicians from the right and the left accepting together the same project but in Italy,now, we have to ask the permission to Grillo 
You know what? I tell you a secret: UPS, the famous american company organized in transport is able to deliver a parcel in 24 hours everywhere in the world but they never tell you that in Italy they need even a week and sometimes the parcels disappear. Are we going to be the last to understand what is wrong and what is good?
Are we really going to refuse this train? Are we going to say like Grillo about mozzarellas? If mozzarellas can be imported with plenty of new tourists for the Friuli resorts, the Friuli wines and cheese can be exported too. On the oder hand there is the biggest concentration of chairs industry in the world. They need to export. The progress of a country is measured with the quality of their infrastructures, especially transports. There is only a small airport in the region and with the east countries we have to increase the commerce.
I guess you know Iím a friulian too:-)

Posted by: Blisco Jaio | June 29, 2006 11:02 PM

il male Ť piý forte del bene perchť Ť piý facile tornare al vuoto che conservare il precario equilibrio della vita

Posted by: fabrizio guidi | June 29, 2006 09:09 PM

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