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Minister of the Sea Ana Paulo Vitorino is in hot water this week as the two-faced approach of the Socialist government to oil and gas exploration in Portugal has been laid bare.
Minister of the Sea Ana Paula Vitorino has “refuted” the allegation that the government has been promoting the potential for exploration of Portugal’s deep-offshore reserves of oil and gas - despite being outed in a series of irrefutable video clips doing just that (click here).
An exploratory borehole, first scheduled to be sunk in 2016 has been pushed back to 2018, according to Galp Oil’s chief executive, Thore Kristiansen.
Portugal’s Minister for the Sea announced at a 2016 conference in the US that the first exploratory oil well will be drilled in Portugal in 2017.
As around 400 anti-oil protestors gathered in front of parliament today, representatives from AMAL, the Algarve mayors group, were being engaged in a discussion with a committee of MPs that focused on the 42,000 signatures collected in opposition to oil and gas exploration off the Algarve and Alentejo coastlines –…
Thursday February 23 may be remembered as “the day things changed”. A rainbow parade of activists from the Algarve and Alentejo descended on the capital today for an afternoon of no-nonsense protest in front of the steps of Assembleia da República.
A confused Government said today that it may rescind the oil prospecting contract on the Algarve’s land, awarded to Sousa Cintra’s Portfuel company, but has missed the deadline within which to act.
With three busloads of Algarvians on their way today to accompany parliamentary debates that will define their future, yesterday saw activists from all over Portugal - and many from the Algarve - shocked and dismayed by their experience of Portugal’s “Assembleia da República” - the so-called house of national democracy.
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