Thursday, 03 September 2015
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oilrigNow there are two Oilgarves. 'Oilgarve – the Algarve says no to oil' the anti-oil exploitation pressure group run by ASMAA from its Lagos base, and as of three days ago, the pro-oil 'Oilgarve' Facebook page put up by the 'Oilgarve Exploration Company, Ltd.'

This company, according to the blurb, ‘is a private company based in Algarve, Portugal,’ although no Limited company of that name is registered in the UK or Portugal and does not show up on searches of international company registers.

oilrigIn a damning analysis of the detail of the contracts signed between the Portuguese state and oil companies, the treasury is set to receive between just 10 or 25 cents per barrel of oil, or gas equivalent, should hydrocarbons be extracted off the Algarve southern coastline - whatever the international oil price.

The controversial and restrictive contract disadvantages the Portuguese public but was signed on behalf of the nation by the Secretary of State for Energy, Henrique Gomes Cabral in October 2011.

ria formosa2Eco campaigners ASMAA outline the latest oil exploration contracts and ask- have we been sold a pup?

Support Praia Dona Ana and Via AlgarvianaAlmargem are asking for your help and support to fund their campaigns on the devastation of the beach environment at Dona Ana, and also the lack of support from the local Camaras for the Via Algarviana.

Regardless of the difficulties it has experienced over recent years, Almargem Association has sought to stay along the path traced from its foundation in 1988 and that is guided by two main outlines:

- strive for a more ecologically balanced future for the Algarve, defending its natural and cultural heritage, denouncing the aggressions from what it has been the target or trying to avoid that they happen;
- contribute to the sustainable development of the Algarve by proposing or deploying projects aimed at increasing environmental awareness and improving economic conditions in the most deprived and desertified areas.

Portugal's hidden billions Part 7 - Perverse Robin WoodPortugal was a poor country with a hardworking people, who carefully took care of its resources. Families grew vegetables, harvested fruits and nuts. They were happy, had plenty of gold, no debts.

Since the EEC became UE and Portugal, against the practices of other small countries, did not ask for exceptions against the general Treat, corporations may register in Luxembourg or Holland and pay taxes there instead of here. As the larger chains of supermarkets operate all over the country and act as in cartels, with concerted prices and discounts and tough rules for their suppliers, these have no profits; they cannot invest in better products, in nothing.

Portugal's hidden billions Part 6 - Air PortugalPortugal was a poor country with a hardworking people, who carefully took care of their resources. Families grew vegetables, harvested fruits & nuts. They were happy, had plenty of gold, no debts, but there was no freedom of speech.

Since the ECC became UE and Portugal, against warnings and the choice of the best EU-economies today (UK, Sweden, Poland) accepted the Euro, huge private and public debts became and still are a burden. Also public corporations, earlier running with a profit, with almost no debts, entered a spiral of debts and losses, mainly because politicians, not managers, got onto the board.

Portugal's hidden billions Part 5 - Cartels kill SME'sPortugal was a poor country with a hardworking people, who carefully took care of their resources. Families grew vegetables, harvested fruits and nuts. They were happy, had plenty of gold, but there was no freedom of speech.

My relationship with Portugal dates back to 1979. The country has potential to be one of the best in Europe. SMEs offer excellent service for reasonable costs. Our small vineyards, honey producers, cheese, all food stuff have almost no chems and saviors sea and sun. What is missing?

Portugal's hidden billions Part 4 - Semi-industrial fishingPortugal was a poor country with a hardworking people, who carefully took care of their resources. Families grew vegetables, harvested fruits and nuts. They were happy, had plenty of gold, but there was no freedom of speech.

We have in Portugal one of the best environments for fishing in a huge maritime economic zone, with great variety of species.