A lot of ink has run in the mainstream press and other social media platforms about the alleged victory of PALP in the Loulé Administrative and Fiscal court on 13 August 2018. Let's look at the facts.
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.
On Thursday the 26 July (this past week), Antonio Costa during his interview on “5 para a meia noite” (Five to Midnight) on RTP, stated with a smirk on his face, that the drilling by ENI will happen.
So much clouding has been thrown about the date that ENI’s drilling ship Saipem will be allowed to enter Portuguese waters, and start drilling, that we at ASMAA feel its important to clarify a few issues and to place things in context.
In the past few weeks the government disinformation machine has been moving at full throttle. Let’s take a look at what is fiction (The Spin) and what is the hidden truth.
It’s just over a month before the ENI/GALP consortium starts drilling for oil near Aljezur, and there isn’t a glimpse of any concerted and efficient strategies nor any effective action plans being presented to the public by the Algarve municipalities through AMAL.