Lithium mining exploration areas coincide with burned areas of 2017

Lithium mining exploration areas coincide with burned areas of 2017
  • 29 May 2019

Serra da Argemela in the Covilhã destrict is one of these locations where fires and mining applications converge. (Video in Portuguese at the bottom of the page.)

  • Companies interested in lithium mining in Portugal are taking advantage of regions destroyed by the major fires of 2017. This is the theme of CMTV Investigation.
  • The areas requests for mining exploration coincide with burned areas in several places in the country, such as in Serra da Argemela, in Covilhã.
  • The causes of this major fire were never explained. The only certainty is that the origin was, at least, strange.
  • The effects of lithium mining are visible and show the dimensions of the exploited areas. The open-pit mines are visible from miles away.
  • The rips, steps, and excavations made by the companies to find the best places to install the lithium mining areas are well drawn in the landscape.
  • As the affected areas are identified, the concerns grow, namely: the way of life, the manner in which people live, and earn their livelihoods will all be affected.



  • In the first quarter of 2016 the Lithium Working Group identifies 11 exploration and exploitation areas in Portugal.
  • In August 2016 there was also a major fire in the Serra da Arga and bordering parishes, putting at risk human and animal lives as well as local infrastructure and livelihoods. The community was saved by their own efforts.
  • In that same year - 2016 - several notices were published in the Portuguese government gazette (DR) in respect of various license applications for mining exploration for these same burned areas.
  • In 2017 we all know what happened - there where the biggest fires that Portugal ever experienced.
  • In January 2018 the Council of Ministers approves the areas identified by the working group.
  • In May 2019, CMTV after overlapping burned and mining application areas, reaches this conclusion.
  • In the video below in Portuguese the expropriation risk to owners of burned land for mining exploration is disclosed.

But according to government sources these are all just coincidences ... or maybe not in our own opinion!


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