Participation in the documentary “Rialb l’últim pantà”
This investigative documentary was broadcast on Tuesday, June 13., a Television de Catalunya production produced by The End Produccions Audiovisuals, which reveals the irregularities in the construction of the last reservoir in Spain, the largest in Catalonia and now the driest, the Rialp reservoir, inaugurated in 1999.
With my sister Clara and other neighbors we had the pleasure of participating, giving voice to our testimony. Fond memories of Miralpeix, the town that sheltered my family in our Cal Teuler home.
I proceed to transcribe some published notes from the documentary:
It was built:
– in a terrain with seismic risk
– clay and sandy rock
– at low altitude and when the level drops, the water has to be pumped to fill it into the Segarra-Garrigues canal.
They told us…
“Thanks to the reservoir, we will be able to irrigate many hectares of Lleida’s land.”
Now if people knew what was being watered and the price they paid, they would realize that it was a failure, a scam and they deceived us.
He evicted 6 towns. Mine is Miralpeix, Tiurana, la Clua, Bassella, Castellnou de Basella and Aguilar. More than 300 people.
In the cover photo I am the one wearing the black coat. On my right side I have Joan, on my left Victor and then Carme and my sister Clara at the top.
Thank Xavi Llopart, Maiol Virgili and Carles Farriols for the treatment received during the recording of the documentary. Here you can find the complete documentary.
I also leave you an article published in the newspaper Ara by Mónica Planas Callol.
The mobilizations lasted for years and at the same time, the Association in Defense of the Medio Segre Valley, Ademise, accumulated studies and reports against the construction.
The Enher company engineer, Josep Ball, proposed an alternative project, building smaller lateral reservoirs.
They analyze the role that Joaquim Viola, councilor of the kingdom and later mayor of Barcelona, had in the final decision to carry out the project and the support he received from the political forces of the transition. Above all, from the Socialist Party of Catalonia and Convergencia y Unión.
Pere Aiguadé, former socialist deputy, is clear:
“I understand that Convergencia wanted to make the swamp, but not that the Socialist Party wanted it. It was a betrayal.”
The journalists Xavier Garcia and Jaume Rexach, co-authors of the book “El pantà de Rialp. Elegia del Mig Segre”, championed, with the neighbors, the mobilization campaign to try to stop the swamp:
“Inequality was brutal in this conflict: the fight against the political and economic powers, the electricity companies, Franco’s corruption, … who wanted to destroy the valley and deny the people.”
“It was a completely irregular project, which required water to be pumped to fill the Segarra-Garrigues canal.”
This happened for example last year. The pumping multiplied the price of water, so many irrigators gave up connecting to the canal.