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‘Halt oil and gas exploration’ says League for the Protection of Nature

seahorsePortugal’s League for the Protection of Nature issued a position statement today which unsurprisingly allied itself to the anti-oil exploration and extraction lobby based in the Algarve.

The League started off by congratulating the Government for its recent decision not to proceed with the public tenders for granting seven new licenses for exploration and production of oil and natural gas.

The League's statement issued to media today, warned that it is vital to stop the current oil concession contracts which allow companies to prospect, explore, develop and extract oil and gas in Portugal's offshore areas and on land across the Algarve.

The League is concerned that people may not have read the information on the National Authority for the Fuel Market’s website, including,

"the initial period, or research (geological, geochemical and geophysical, prospecting and exploration drilling) has a normal duration of eight years. If a company announces a commercial discovery during the initial period, the oilfield goes into a production period that has a duration of 25 years, extendable where appropriate to 40 years.”

The League for the Protection of Nature states that "oil and gas, two of the most valuable fossil fuels are largely responsible for a significant portion of global warming and the destruction of natural habitats and species they harbour. The health of ecosystems and the sustainability of economic activities that depend on them are still in question if the concession agreements already signed by the previous government are not terminated."

The League dismisses the claim by the oil companies that harmless technology is being used during the current exploration phase,

"It is not only the extraction activity that has repercussions in terms of ecosystems. There are potential impacts at the current exploration phase.

“One of the methods used to find oil deposits consists of sending seismic waves to the seabed, with significant impacts on marine species."

The League notes the clear anti-oil position taken by the Algarve’s mayors and is pleased that the Secretary of State for Energy has committed to looking in detail at the current concession contracts to see what the implications are if they are cancelled.

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Tito Rosa, President of the National Directorate of the League for the Protection of nature, added:

"We believe that the path to economic growth in the long-term has to be based on innovation and the development of effective strategies for clean and renewable energy. This also is the way to preserve social, cultural and environmental values that constitute the wealth of our country. “

Rosa recalls that the Portuguese Government made commitments at the international level in Paris "that are entirely incompatible with the current focus on the exploitation of fossil fuels."

The League for the Protection of nature joins, Quercus, Almargem, and Spea among other nature organisations in their condemnation of the government's plan that the Algarve's on and offshore should be turned into an oil or gas production area.

 

 

League for the Protection of Nature:

http://www.lpn.pt/Homepage/default.aspx?tabid=2164&code=en

 

 

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-4 #6 Ed 2016-01-31 10:20
Quoting Valery:
So why can we see rigs in the sea off the coast of Tavira this morning (31st January)thought this idea had been scrapped?

No Valerie, this is not an idea, it is fact, Oil and gas exploration is going ahead as planned off the Algarve coast and on land. The government decided no to offer 7 additional exploration licences but the ones in place are active and, as we see, the oil companies are going about their business.
-3 #5 Concerned 2016-01-31 10:01
Quoting Ed:
Quoting Steve.O:
Good to know that they are on board ....but wasn't there some suspicion that these 'nature, animal and wildlife' type protection groups are all in hock to different types of bad guys. In this case the oil companies?

What are the funding arrangements for these kinds of groups in Portugal ?


Spea and Quercus have have recieved funding or in-kind support from the oil industry. While it is hard to remain funded and free of influence, the Gulbenkian Foundation is the most insidious as it is funded by 100% of the oil profits of Partex, one of the Algarve concession holders. Gulbenkian at the same time is funding the cuddly Oceans Initiative which looks at the Algarve's rich coastal biodiversity without mentioning oil or gas even once.


As has LPN as well. Its a difficult situation for the big NGOs in Portugal as 99% of them gets funding and/or in-kind support from the oil, gas and energy industries.
-3 #4 Valery 2016-01-31 09:51
So why can we see rigs in the sea off the coast of Tavira this morning (31st January)thought this idea had been scrapped?
-1 #3 Verjini 2016-01-30 16:37
SEISMIC ?
Say no more!
-1 #2 Ed 2016-01-30 10:22
Quoting Steve.O:
Good to know that they are on board ....but wasn't there some suspicion that these 'nature, animal and wildlife' type protection groups are all in hock to different types of bad guys. In this case the oil companies?

What are the funding arrangements for these kinds of groups in Portugal ?


Spea and Quercus have have recieved funding or in-kind support from the oil industry. While it is hard to remain funded and free of influence, the Gulbenkian Foundation is the most insidious as it is funded by 100% of the oil profits of Partex, one of the Algarve concession holders. Gulbenkian at the same time is funding the cuddly Oceans Initiative which looks at the
Algarve's rich coastal biodiversity without mentioning oil or gas even once.
0 #1 Steve.O 2016-01-30 10:14
Good to know that they are on board ....but wasn't there some suspicion that these 'nature, animal and wildlife' type protection groups are all in hock to different types of bad guys. In this case the oil companies ?

The motorway builders regularly destroying the ecological, forestry and agricultural reserves ... with at best a discreet whimper of protest.

What are the funding arrangements for these kinds of groups in Portugal ?

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