For a 3rd time, the federal government has prolonged the exploration interval allowed to the Galp-ENI consortium which has a concession for the Lavagante, Santola and Gamba areas off the Costa Vicentina pure park.
The request to increase the exploration interval was accepted by the Secretary of State for Energy, Jorge Seguro Sanches, who clearly is frightened that the consortium will take the federal government to courtroom to get well prices if he didn’t signal.
The first check nicely is because of be drilled off Aljezur in May this yr, to the consternation and opposition of the native council, different council areas probably affected, environmental and tourism teams and tens of 1000’s of people who signed an anti-oil drilling petition.
Jorge Seguro Sanches justified his January eighth determination, on the grounds that the “request was supported by administrative and legal requirements” – referring to session with councils and the approval of a monitoring programme for weak marine ecosystems and for cetaceans.
Seguro Sanches acknowledged that he was appearing within the public curiosity as three anti-oil courtroom circumstances have been rejected (one from the Intermunicipal Community of the Algarve and two from Odemira council) and that within the final ten years “the concession has made investments of greater than €76 million.”
The Ministry of Environment now has to authorise, or not, the oil consortium’s 2018 work plan for the Alentejo Basin which is conditional on the approval of an environmental affect evaluation, one thing the ministry won’t verify it’s to demand.
The consortium must current a replica of its insurance coverage coverage, and supply a assure of €20,375,500, one thing it has refused to do prior to now.
In a letter despatched to Jorge Seguro Sanches and the ministries of the financial system and of the setting, Galp-ENI calls for the “unconditional approval” of an extension and of its work plan and “official confirmation that an environmental impact assessment is not necessary, as according to Law 37/2017, the project meets all the necessary environmental requirements.”
This demand is cheeky as parliament handed a decision final December which ordered a suspension of hydrocarbon exploration pending public dialogue and the conclusion of an environmental affect evaluation.
Several environmental associations, which oppose oil and fuel exploration and drilling, have demanded the cancellation of all Portugal’s onshore and offshore oil and fuel concessions and contracts, calling on the Government to respect council opposition to the extension of the Galp-ENI exploration interval and mentioning Portugal’s CO2 emission discount goal and the chance to the setting, fisheries and tourism inherent in a home oil enterprise.
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