Spanish prosecutor opens criminal probe over Valencia earthquakes
MADRID (REUTERS) - The public prosecutor in the Spanish city of Castellon has opened an investigation into potential criminal liabilities after hundreds of unusual small earthquakes, possibly linked to a natural gas storage project, have shaken the Valencia coast.
Scientists say the earthquakes are likely triggered by natural gas injections at the 1.3 billion euro (S$2.2 billion) Castor underground gas storage plant, owned by Spain's ACS and Canada's Dundee Energy.
"We have opened an investigation after a meeting with other public prosecutors in the region," Jose Luis Cuesta, head prosecutor of the Castellon region, said on Friday.
The probe will try to determine the cause of the earthquakes and whether any party could be held accountable, Mr Cuesta said.