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 tell us that oil and gas exploration in Portugal is only “Pesquisa”, it is only "Exploration".
But the threat of offshore and onshore oil & gas drilling is just around the corner, with the first one planed for September this year by ENI/Galp in the coast of Aljezur, to be followed by another one onshore in Aljubarrota (Batalha) by Australis Oil & Gas in the first quarter of 2019.
But NO. Its not “Pesquisa”, it is NOT ONLY Exploration. It’s not only a “Small drill – um Furinho” it’s the Full Monty once oil and gas reservoirs are reached. But the lie lives on, year after year, month after month.
What Portugal is facing is a well orchestrated attack on our mineral resources, on our Fossil Fuel resources, which is contractually in place, and ready to speedily move from exploration to full drilling operations, both onshore and offshore.
I suppose that it has been a strategy sold to a willing government by highly paid PR consultants and lawyers as the way to hoodwink the people about the reality and the risks that are facing Portugal. (But it is also important to keep in mind that government has many willing “players” to spread the lies).
The CONTRACTS signed with oil companies DO NOT LIE, its there for all and sundry to read and to see. All you have to do is visit the ENMC website and download them. Its for Prospection, Exploration, Production & Commercialisation, and Abandonment.
Are we fooled by the lies? No. Neither should you be!
A Luta Continua ... in the streets and in the courts!