Last year, the government of Antonio Costa did a major restructuring, and we saw “energy” being taken away from the Ministry of Economy and transferred to the Environment Ministry. The Environment Ministry was then renamed as the Ministry of Environment and Energetic Transition (Ministério do Ambiente e da Transição Energética).
The Algarve’s leading anti-oil and gas campaigning organisation, ASMAA, this morning presented a detailed legal action at the Attorney General's Office requesting an immediate halt to offshore oil and gas drilling in the Alentejo basin and for the immediate cancellation of the Galp-ENI licence for the Santola exploration block off Aljezur.
In another heroic bid to ensure public opinion is taken on board, ASMAA - the campaigning Algarve civic group fighting plans to turn the coastline into a drilling field - today lodged a 126-page legal bid at the Attorney General’s office, demanding an immediate block on any activity in the Alentejo basin.
A press release dated 4 Feb 2013, issued by Oracle Energy regarding concession award in the Barreiro oil and gas concession in Portugal's southern Lusitanian Basin. What is interesting about this press release is its links to Porto Energy and Mohave Oil & Gas (both closed down), and let's not forget the links to Australis Oil & Gas through some of the previous executive of Mohave et. al.
Since we can remember, many government representatives, starting with the Prime Minister Antonio Costa to the minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, the likes of Minister of Environment, and many other less underlings continue with the same story line, that oil and gas exploration in Portugal is only “Pesquisa”, it is only "Exploration".