Lagos, 16 Agosto 2018: On August 14, (the same day that the Ministry of Sea contested the court decision on PALP's suspensive rule) ASMAA challenged in the Administrative and Fiscal Tribunal of Loulé (TAF) the decision by the Entidade Nacional Mercados Combustiveis (ENMC) dated January 9, as well as the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) public consultation report of May 16 2018, which recommended that an EIA was not required for the deep-offshore drilling proposed by ENI/Galp consortium off the coast of Aljezur.
Unlike a legal action lodged by 3 associations, ASMAA did not contest the decision of the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) to have dispensed with an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the drilling of one well in the deep offshore in the Alentejo Basin.
The reasoning behind our decision, is that had we done so, we would be agreeing that the only thing we are fighting against is the lack of an EIA, and as a result, we would explicitly be endorsing the legality of a future APA "decision" to demand an EIA, and would be ensuring the validity of the contract.
Demanding an EIA is the same as giving the green light to DRILL.
We Say NO Drilling!
In our view, what is really at stake is the validity of the law of 94 (DL No. 109/94). The law, which is the basis of all concession contracts for exploration, research, development and production of oil in Portugal, and is the legal framework for contracts currently active, and for any further contracts that will undoubtedly be signed after the legislative elections next year.
Why it is imperative that this law be declared null and void, and why we are challenging its validity.
But if the court declares the contested law valid, then, under other applicable laws, any oil exploration, research, development, and production activities, such as the current deep-offshore drilling activity proposed by the ENI/Galp consortium in the Alentejo Basin will require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
As we have done since the beginning, ASMAA acts on behalf of the PEOPLE
On April 6, 2018, ASMAA filed a class action with the Administrative and Fiscal Tribunal of Loulé with Proc. No. 185 / 18.0BELLE, challenging the validity of the Decree Law No. 109/94, empowered with the legitimacy to represent the more than 42,000 people who opposed and continue to oppose the deep offshore drilling off Aljezur coast by ENI/Galp.
A luta continua!
Nem UM Furo! Nem Agora ... Nem NO Futuro
Not ONE Well! Not NOW ... Not Ever.
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