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Parliament oversees actions in the face of Ecuador’s energy crisis

Quito, May 9 (Prensa Latina) The Supervisory Commission of the National Assembly – Ecuadorean Parliament began on Thursday a process of control of the actions of Daniel Noboa's Government due to the energy crisis affecting the country.

Among those summoned by the legislative bureau on Thursday was the Minister in charge of Energy and Mines Roberto Luque who reported on the current situation of the sector, what plans were executed before he took office and what future projects are in the pipeline.

Luque made it clear to the assembly members that he did not take office to investigate the issue, but rather to solve the energy crisis that the country was going through at the time, and which continues today, despite the fact that the blackouts have been suspended, he said.

However, Luque pointed out that ‘the sum of irresponsible and negligent actions, added to the lack of speed, in a problem that we have known about since December, is impressive and gives cause for suspicion. The complaint has been filed,’ he noted.

Luque was further questioned by the legislators about the cloud stimulation tests that, according to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, have been conducted in recent weeks.

In that regard, the official assured that ‘there is no environmental impact’ of this activity and added that there have been no effects.

On the operation of the Coca Coda Sinclair Hydroelectric Plant, one of the foremost in that nation, Minister Luque pointed out that the situation is still under review, because there is pending maintenance that is necessary for its correct operation.

‘I am concerned that a maintenance that had to be done has been delayed, but if we take it out of operation now it could generate other problems,’ he warned.

The former Energy Minister Andrea Arrobo, who was accused by the Government of having sabotaged the system, along with other officials, was also summoned to Thursday’s session.