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oilrig2The anti-oil pressure group ASMAA today launched an Algarve-wide petition to support the region's Council Mayors in their firm stance against the government's plans to turn the Algarve into an oil and gas production zone, offshore and onshore.

Readers now can download and sign the "Nem UM Furo - Nem Agora nem no Futuro" petition directed at the Mayors of those 14 Algarve municipalities most affected by the government’s oil and gas ambitions.

 The petition calls for a clean energy future for the region and a ban on further oil and gas exploration.

Pressure also will be directed at Portuguese and European leaders, using the simple form on the ASMAA website. Up to 3 signatures can be added on each form and everything is in English and Portuguese to make life easier for the maximum number of residents.

The preamble on the ASMAA website informs readers of the situation and what we need to express our opinion that the Algarve is a beautiful natural area that attracts tourists, not an oil production zone with attendant risks.

“Drilling for oil and natural gas, using conventional or unconventional technologies such as hydraulic fracturing (fracking), or any other unconventional technology pose serious threats to the health and safety of Portuguese citizens, the environment, communities, resources, and the economy.  

“These technologies are inherently unsafe. We reject the public relations campaigns and lobbying of big oil and gas companies and urge our local, regional, national and European officials to reject all drilling in the Portuguese offshore and onshore, including the planned use of fracking and other unconventional drilling technologies in Portugal both at sea and on land by the oil and gas companies.

“We stand united as a Portuguese national movement in calling on governmental officials at all levels to pursue a renewable energy future and not allow any type of drilling operations, including fracking and other unconventional technologies, as well as any of the associated infrastructure in our community or on any community.

“We are fighting conventional and unconventional drilling, including fracking, and other unconventional drilling technologies, frac sand mining, pipelines, compressor stations, LNG terminals, exports of natural gas, oil, methane and more.

“All drilling, including Fracking and other unconventional drilling technologies are not part of our vision for a clean energy future and should all be banned.”

If you live in Vila Real de Santo António, Vila do Bispo, Tavira, Silves, São Brás de Alportel, Portimão, Olhão, Monchique, Loulé, Lagos, Lagoa, Faro, Albufeira or Aljezur, click on this link and go to the section for your council area.

Readers are encouraged to print the form, complete it and either post it to ASMAA or scan and email it to info@asmaa-algarve.org

http://asmaa-algarve.org/en/campaigns/petitions-peticoes?limitstart=0

 

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-4 #5 Chip 2016-02-08 10:52
Quoting Daphne Jones:
This is what is so frustrating for a north European with a property in the Algarve. That 30 years ago Portugal pretended to the rest of the European Union (as was) that it was a suitable candidate to join and that it would soon get a handle on the norms of behaviour of the Club. It has since failed totally.


That's a little disingenuous Daphne. 30 years ago the European Union bore no resemblance to the monolith it is now. The UK is no different - no one thought on joining the EU that it would be costing UK taxpayers £55 million a day, flooding us with immigrants and overriding our own laws.
-4 #4 Ed 2016-02-02 13:12
Quoting Verjini:
The councils appearing on the second page, while including Aljezur, do not include Tavira, VRSA and others. For the East Algarve, do we use the form for Faro?


No, don't use a Council where you do not live.

All of the affected Councils are listed. Scroll to the bottom of the ASMAA linked web page and hit 'Next' to access the next set of councils.
-3 #3 Verjini 2016-02-02 11:49
The councils appearing on the second page, while including Aljezur, do not include Tavira, VRSA and others. For the East Algarve, do we use the form for Faro?
Thanks, so much, Ed. Without you, would it have reached this stage?
-4 #2 Daphne Jones 2016-02-02 11:33
This is what is so frustrating for a north European with a property in the Algarve. That 30 years ago Portugal pretended to the rest of the European Union (as was) that it was a suitable candidate to join and that it would soon get a handle on the norms of behaviour of the Club. It has since failed totally.

If someone is excavating under my living room since I bought my property I need to have full access to all the decisions made. Everything involving publicly paid officials. When was the public discussion and why so late now ? How is it PM Costa refers to contracts already signed that the Municipal Mafia's themselves are now absurdly claiming they had no idea of?

By now we should be discussing an earlier publicly accessible planning meeting on date x where someone said y. And yet we were then told at a later meeting it would only be z. As it is now my living room floor could go down and my house insurance go up. And I would still have no control of events. Is this as far as Europe has got today. Can it not develop further ?
-1 #1 EmmaB 2016-02-01 14:04
Note that the petitions are on 3 pages so your might not come up straight away.

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