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Galp/ENI: The Public Consultation Farce

If we tried, we could not get a better plot for a movie series than to use the Portuguese oil exploration environment. I can guarantee that it would be a real box office buster and could even beat the success of the “Dallas” series.


Muito se tem comentado sobre os surpreendentes, iníquos contractos para exploração de petróleo e gás em Portugal, nomeadamente no Algarve, realizados mais ou menos sigilosamente, menosprezando os impactos que sempre acarretam e os  riscos de catástrofes ambientais que podem vitimar o país, nomeadamente o ambiente, a fauna e a flora e a população humana.

This past week, on Tuesday 3 January, saw our beaches in the south coast of the Algarve polluted by palm oil. It started with the appearance of a white foam substance at sea, which quickly found its way onto the beaches of Ria Formosa islands of Armona, Deserta and Fuzeta, and was later identified as being palm oil.

For the past few weeks, the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) has been holding hearings on the matter of a proposed oil-by-rail terminal that could be built in Vancouver, Washington.

Expansion of Arctic oil drilling after ratification of the Paris climate agreement is labeled a 'dangerous act of hypocrisy'

In an unprecedented move, Norway one of the countries used by Portugal as a fantastic example to justify opening our ocean to oil and gas exploration, has been taken to court by Greenpeace and Nature & Youth.

Os piratas contra a exploração de petróleo e gás aterraram numa praia em Aljezur no passado fim de semana. Aqui ficam as fotografias para recordação desta bela iniciativa da Paula Nunes e da cunhada dela, Filomena Carias, que é quem está na foto a segurar a Caravela.

Act 2 of the “show” put up by the DGRM and ENMC in Portimao on 14 July 2016 to “defuse” the ENI/Galp saga brought a further sense of unreality to the proceedings when the ENMC representatives dropped a piece of unknown news - changes to contracts signed with Repsol for the Lagosta and Lagostim concessions and these became the focus of attention.

In July I was challenged to review the latest Portuguese oil and gas drilling "Show". A show created to appease and provide answers to mainly local and very vocal spectators.

A month of high activity in the “Nem UM Furo” and the “Oilgarve” campaigns in the Algarve has had some expected and some unexpected positives and negative results.

Eastern and Western Algarve under attack – our government early Christmas present for the people of the Algarve.

Dear Friends,

This last week we had a massive wake-up call when an offshore Jack-up platform was seen anchored off the coast of Portimão in Praia da Rocha for nearly a week. The fact that the platform was in the water, was brought to our attention by many of you and this went viral on Facebook.

On 9 July 2014, Repsol’s President announced that the Spanish multinational will launch its offshore drilling operations for gas next year.

Antonio Brufau stated to journalist after a meeting with Portuguese President Cavaco Silva, that there are very good gas deposits in the Algarve, which are in close proximity to the ones that they have been explored in Spain by Repsol. We want to see Portugal, if indeed gas deposits are found, to hold vast gas reserves in the Algarve.

The image above shows, what seems to be, a Jack-up Support Platform seen from Praia da Rocha in Portimao since the 26th of August - It all started with a message on Facebook, asking if they had started with the exploration of oil and gas, as there is a platform offshore just off Praia da Rocha. This was followed by one of our members asking if a vessel they had seen at sea could be a seismic survey ship?

Insurance companies are well known for evaluating risks so as to minimise any claims made against them, especially if it will impact negatively on their bottom line profits.

Source: Europe DAILY, Monday 18 August 2014

The application of the polluter pays principle to offshore oil and gas operations is "extremely limited" across Europe, with many claims likely to fail in the event of a major accident, according to a major study for the European Commission.

When the Prestige oil tanker sank northwest of the Iberian Peninsula in November 2002, it spilled 63 000 tonnes of oil and more than a thousand kilometres of Spanish, French and Portuguese coastline were affected.

For the past year we have been receiving information that some of our members had found evidence of oil (crude) in the beaches in the Costa Vicentina.

As we prepare for our major event, the Algarve SUP Festival – Summer 2015, the issue of Carbon Credits has been raised, and we’ve been asked if we had made provision to voluntary purchase carbon credits?


Is the writing finally on the wall for fossil fuels?

In the last fortnight we’ve seen new rules on coal emissions in the US, the prospect of a cap on coal consumption in China, and a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) highlighting the risks to fossil fuel investment.

This article is the result of a presentation in Loule in 2010 about the Exploration of Oil and Gas in the Algarve, where results of a so called study commissined by the oil industry was presented. As it was to be expected it is all PRO-OIL and GAS Exploration.

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