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riaformosaThe Greens have met one of the anti-oil campaign groups battling to save the Algarve from becoming an oil production zone and has concluded that in no way do the contracts, signed by the government with several oil companies, represent the public interest.

Members of the Greens met the Platform for an oil-free Algarve (Palp) in Loulé to go through the contracts covering the exploration and extraction of oil in the sea close the Algarve's shore and across the region's territory.

antoniocosta3The MP for the People Animals and Nature party (PAN) had some well aimed questions for the Prime Minister in parliament today, asking António Costa’s view on the oil and gas exploration and extraction plans for the tourist-dependent Algarve region.

"There are contracts in place that have to be met. There is exploration that should be done," stated the PM, adding that it is absolutely essential for the country to quantify its natural resources and to continue the exploration for hydrocarbons in the Algarve.

oilrigThe Algarve’s mayors already have decided that turning the Algarve's land and sea into an oil or gas production zone is not compatible with their plans for the region. These focus on tourism, non-polluting and clean industries and renewable energy.

On Tuesday, January 12th the mayors’ group AMAL met several business and tourism associations and all agreed; oil is a no-no for a region which has spent decades building up a now thriving tourism business based on clean beaches, beautiful countryside and clean air and water.

oilrigoilgarve - update Oct 2015

ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association

Oct 19, 2015 — Dear friends

oilrigAnti-oil and gas exploration group ASMAA encourages those with questions concerning the government’s desire to turn the Algarve into an oil and gas producing region both onshore and offshore, to attend a debate to be held at the University of the Algarve this Friday, October 16th.

Euro MPs and those responsible for public bodies will be there to answer questions from the audience.

oilrigA Portuguese government body announced today that it has launched tenders for oil exploration in the north of Portugal and in the Algarve.

The head of the National Body for the Fuel Market (ENMC) says there is "an international company interested in deep water exploration off the Algarve coastline" and it has therefore started a tender process for further blocs off the Algarve and Oporto coastlines.

oilblocsalgarvePortfuel, owned by local millionaire businessman José de Sousa Cintra, (pictured below), has obtained the concession to drill for oil in the Algarve near Aljezur in the west and Tavira to the east - within the brown blocs marked on the adjoining map.

Portfuel announced the concession today and will be at first using traditional well drilling to see if and where oil reserves lie.

 

The OILGARVE Drilling Starts in October 2015 and in the horizon we have Fracking tooThe Portuguese government has given away the oil and gas exploration and exploitation contracts in the Algarve Basin for only 0.10c and 0.25c a barrel for life.

What that means in simple terms is that Portugal is putting corporate profits before public or environmental good. This means that it will affect the tourism business that you depend on to live, that it will reduce the number of jobs available for people like you, that it will affect the value of your property, that it will affect the survival of your business.