The Lambro: ecological disaster – February 2010 –
On 23 February 2010, after a sabotage at a former refinery used by Società Lombarda Petroli S.p.A. as an oil depot in Villasanta (Monza Brianza), tons of oil were spilled into the river, affecting local vegetation and fauna.
Here is a poem on the subject:
Lenta scorreva l’acqua
Come un malato ancor convalescente
Forse non era del tutto perduto
Per ritornare com’eri anticamente.
Lampi guizzanti – i pesci
T’accompagnavano nel lungo percorso.
Nell’erba delle tue rive
Si trastullavano api e calabroni
Farfalle senza suono
Sfioravano il tuo cammino.
Come soldatini in divise lucenti
Cormorani e germani
Vegliavano l’inceder tuo tranquillo
Qualcosa ha spezzato l’incanto
Onda nera la tua superficie
Nere le tue sponde silenziose.
Uccelli dalle viscide armature
Condividon con te una lenta agonia.
In its slow flow your water
Resembles a sick man still full of hope
Not all is lost maybe
To go back to your past glee
The fish flickered like darts
Swimming along your stream
On your banks among the grass
Bees and hornets merrily buzzed
While silent butterflies
Hovered over your ridge
Like soldiers in a row
Bright cormorants and ducks
Guarded your quiet flow
Who broke that spell?
Your water got black as hell
Black your silent shore.
Black was the armour your birds wore
All agonizing in death throes