Written question – Explosions at the BASF factory in Ludwigshafen – E-007823/2016

On 17 October 2016 there were two explosions in two chemical facilities belonging to the BASF plant, south of Frankfurt in Germany. At present, two people have died, two are missing and six have been seriously injured.

The explosion is the 15th incident which has taken place this year in the Ludwigshafen plants, involving leakages of chemicals that are hazardous for the local population. On 15 June 2016, in the same company, an incident took place which could have had consequences dramatically similar to the current ones.

One of the substances which caused the fire appears to be liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is deemed by the Commission, in the EU energy package for the single market, to be extremely safe and easy to transport.

After the umpteenth incident in the plants of the German giant BASF in Ludwigshafen:

Will the Commission conduct an investigation, together with the competent national authorities, to identify the reason for so many breakdowns in the factory and to assess whether the qualifications and skills of the sub-contractors are in keeping with the security standards laid down in EU legislation?

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