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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".

There are times when we wish that we were wrong in our predictions. But once again all indications are that we have hit the nail on the head.

As a response to the proliferating evidence of the risks and harms of fracking—augmented by increasing concern about the many remaining uncertainties—various countries, states, and municipalities have instituted bans and moratoria.

On Friday, 6 April 2018 a major lawsuit against the state got underway in Portugal. The lawsuit was lodged by ASMAA in a class action representing everyone that signed a petition that was dismissed by the Portuguese parliament on 21 December 2017.

Na segunda-feira, 5 de março, a APA abriu um processo de consulta pública para avaliar os motivos e as motivações para que concedam ou rejeitem a necessidade de uma Avaliação de Impacto Ambiental para a perfuração de um furo na área de concessão de Santola na Baía do Alentejo. Esta consulta pública encerra em 16 de abril.

On Monday 5 March a public consultation process has been opened by APA to assess the grounds and motivations for them to grant or reject the need of an Environmental Impact Assessment for the drilling of one well in the Santola concession area in the Alentejo Bay. This public consultation closes on 16 April.

Our day in court is now just around the corner and is fast approaching. But to be ready with a well-substantiated case, it has taken us nearly three years of background work: - to build the necessary support documentation files, as well as conducting extensive technical and legal research so as to identify the appropriate claims and arguments that can be used.

We would like to share with all of you, and in plain language, the legal process in Portugal relating to court injunctions (urgent applications / providências cautelares) and court applications against oil companies and the government.

After a nail-biting two weeks, in which so many things have been happening at the same time in the offshore oil-drilling environment in Europe and in which ENI was playing a leading role, the unbelievable happened: PALP, on Friday, 23 February, extended GALP-ENI’s TUPEM licence to drill of the coast of Aljezur by a further three months?

A notice that Turkish ships threatened to sink ENI's drill ship SAIPEM 12000, was in our opinion a missed opportunity to do some good for Portugal. Had it happened it would have really put a halt to ENI's attempt to drill our beautiful coast. At least for a while ... as it stands, the threat that the Saipem 12000 will be in Portuguese waters shortly is very real.

The Saipem 12000 Drillship three support vessels will carry out loading and unloading in the next three to four days as the drillship has anchored in international waters, about 17 nautical miles southeast of the port of Limassol.

On friday the long awaited news that the Saipem would be leaving, was confirmed. The Saipem 12000 will drill elsewhere says Cypriot minister. Now the real question is if it will go to Morocco or will come to the Alentejo Basin in the south of Portugal. We will just have to wait and see.

The SAIPEM 12000 drilling ship from Italian energy company ENI is preparing to depart the “Supa” target in sea block 3 of the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone and sail for Morocco or will it sail to the Alentejo Basin?

When we though nothing more could surprise us coming out of Minister of Sea - Ana Paula Vitorino’s offices, we learned that as of February 1 this year, Rubem Eiras was appointed Director-General of Sea Policies. But who is this Ruben Eiras?

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