In Portugal, the government has given many mixed messages about the oil and gas exploration issue.
In November 2016, in Marrakesh, during the COP22, the Portuguese Prime Minister stated that Portugal would be carbon neutral by 2050. Two months later, in January 2017, the same government issued a TUPEM licence to GALP/ENI to drill the first deep offshore exploration well in the Alentejo Basin opposite Aljezur.
The government has cancelled the 2 contracts from Portfuel, and 4 held by the consortium Repsol/Partex, but has decided in their “wisdom” to maintain active the 3 contracts in the Alentejo basin, as well as other 6 between Lisbon and Porto (onshore and offshore).
As a result, one of our high priorities is to ensure the immediate cancellation of all current oil and gas exploration contracts currently active and enforce – from Algarve to Beira Litoral, from East to Alentejo coast.
Its critical that all current contracts as well as any future contracts currently being negotiated through a “direct negotiation” process be declared null and void, because in our opinion these contracts are based on an invalid law. Its not credible for a government to have a true climate policy while concurrently the same government continues to pursue the exploration of fossil fuels.
Furthermore, its imperative the cancellation of the TUPEM licence granted illegally to ENI/Galp on 11 January 2017 before the public consultation was finalised.
As a result, we are holding this public intervention because both citizens and organisations want governments to follow a new energy paradigm, one that respects human rights, one that places people above commercial interests of the oil industry and its lobbies. We want another type of economic development, one that is free from actions that are quickly leading our planet to disaster and ultimate destruction not of the planet but of mankind.
On 29 April we join the International People’s Climate movement, as we are joined across Portugal in various locations demanding serious answers to the challenges facing our climate, our planet, our survival. We demand that fossil fuels must be left in the ground in Portugal. In this event we are counting on you joining your voice to ours in Aljezur, in the Municipal offices parking grounds from 15h00.
See you there!
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