Wednesday, 24 May 2017
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helicopter2Loulé council has refused to allow helicopters working for oil companies Repsol or Partex to use the council’s heliport.

The council said today that it did not want to support in any way the exploration for oil and gas in the Algarve, onshore and offshore, and the oil companies’ request will be denied.

GreensPortugal's Ecology Party, 'The Greens,' today launched an awareness campaign in the Algarve all about oil and gas exploration, which is, according to the party "counter-cyclical" with international environmental policies for reducing emissions and pollution.

The launch was in Aljezur with a later press conference in Tavira, the two Algarve municipalities where onshore licenses have been granted to Portfuel for natural gas and oil exploration.

moreiadasilvaThe former Minister for the Environment, Jorge Moreira da Silva, denies favouring Sousa Cintra and his company Portfuel when granting oil and gas concessions in the Algarve and has complained that he is the target of a "campaign polluted with lies."

The under pressure former politician denies giving any privilege at all to Portfuel despite the company having no background of track record in the oil business, no employees and none of the in-house expertise needed to operate an oil or gas business.

oilprotestfaroIn a major step forward for the anti-oil and anti-gas lobby in the Algarve, the Algarve Regional Development Council has expressed dismay over the government’s oil and gas aspirations for the region and wants to see investment in renewable energy technology, especially solar.

The influential Conselho Regional da Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Algarve (CCDR-Algarve), now chaired by Vítor Aleixo who also is mayor of Loulé, convened on May 19th and today issued a statement expressing its "total opposition to exploration for oil and gas in the Algarve, both on-shore and off-shore."

sousacintraSousa Cintra, (pictured) the Algarve entrepreneur, millionaire and owner of controversial oil exploration company Portfuel has taken out a series of display advertisements in national and regional newspapers to explain his position on drilling in the Algarve.

Portfuel mysteriously won two concessions, to look for oil and gas across the Algarve in two blocks covering 300,000 hectares, despite having no experience in oil and gas and having no employees.

moreiadasilvaThe committee of inquiry into the oil concession contracts, specifically the Portfuel contracts that cover the Algarve’s land mass, is to demand that the former Environment Minister Jorge Moreira da Silva (pictured) returns to explain certain misleading statements.

Today, the head of Portugal’s fuels authority Paulo Carmona made it crystal clear to the committee that concession contracts are for exploration and extraction of oil or gas found in any of the 17 blocs that are covered by the concessions, which include the two covering most of the Algarve.

The residentPortugal Resident's top reporter Natasha Donn has been in touch with the Euro MP José Faria in advance of the 'Oil vs Tourism' debate this coming Friday, May 13th to gague the level of enthusiasm of the various authorities involved in this hot topic.

The result of her research is saddening. Donn posted an article today, titled "Euro MP exposes authorities’ “total lack of willingness” to engage in Algarve oil debate" which reads:

oilrigTwo current subjects of deep concern to will be discussed in Faro and Portimão on Friday 13th of May by the Euro MPs José Inácio Faria and Caroline Bearder.

The first session is on the oil and gas exploration concessions on the Algarve’s land, including the likelihood of fracking, and under the region’s offshore waters.