DIARIO DE CUBA investigates the scene of the incident and obtains statements from a former worker at the Matanzas Supertanker Base and a local neighbor.
The first of them states: “There is a protection system against electric shocks at the Supertanker Base and there is also a fire protection system. What I know is that the anti-lightning system had not been properly maintained for years. I know how the issue of inspections by the ACPI and other organizations was resolved, but I assure you that the electrical discharge protection and grounding system had not been reversed or repaired for a long time.”
And this source adds: “If this protection system was in perfect condition, it was very, very difficult for the incident to occur.”
For his part, the neighbor of the place states: “I spoke with the firefighters because I know some of them and they assured me that in some tanks, the lightning rod system was not active, that is, it was not working due to lack of wiring.”
This indirect source should not normally be taken into account as truthful, but in Cuba where secrecy and opacity prevail and all sensitive information is considered a state secretit is well worth listening to these testimonies, taking them with reservations and asking the management of Cuba Petroleos (CUPET) to speak publicly and truthfully and report on the state of the fire protection of the Supertanker Base, as well as that the different Agencies in charge of the issue report transparently on the results of the different periodic inspections carried out at the aforementioned Supertanker Base.
The damage to human lives, injuries, material goods and damage to the environment deserve a transparent response from the Cuban authorities and, why not, knowing the names of those responsible for possible negligences.