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      2 The Portugal News •  19 May 2018                       Front Page Story


                                    Algarve oil drilling approved




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      Accounts:  +351 282 343 653          the decision to allow the  drilling along the Alentejo basin
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                                    TENI/Galp consortium to      unopposed came after the APA
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                                    initiate oil drilling off the Algarve  President Nuno Lancasta
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                                    Socialist Party joining in   negative impacts were identified”
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                                    lambasting the APA.          in the proposed drilling set to
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      18,861 copies this edition    become “useless, even an     of 1,070 metres performed
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                                    obstacle, when it comes to   initially by the Sapien 12000
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                                    forming policies relating to  drillship which, until last month,
                                                                                              Aljezur in the Algarve. (Photo: Lusa/Miguel A. Lopes)
                                                                                              Aljezur in the Algarve. (Photo: Lusa/Miguel A. Lopes)
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      Member of  apct               environmental issues in      had been used in operations off  Aljezur in the Algarve. (Photo: Lusa/Miguel A. Lopes)
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                                    Portugal. They act against   the coast of Morocco. Crew on  The Greens have meanwhile  through Foreign Minister
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      Publisher:                    lawmakers in Parliament and in  The prospection will last an  this Friday with other opposition  further licences will be granted
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      publisher@theportugalnews.com  contradiction to the opinion of  estimated three months over a  parties saying they will use this  for future oil prospection during
                                    associations and organisations  period of 50 working days.  opportunity to challenge the  the current legislative period,
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                                    causes.”                     party expressed similar      environmental impact study.  However, the Minister added that
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                                    is “against the interests of the  opponents, saying the APA’s  governing alliance, have also  existing licence agreements and
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      SALES MANAGER                 Algarve and the country and, in a  decision will only serve to  called for heads to roll, and are  their respective contractual
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      Sónia Seixas                  certain way, the APA has just  increase “mistrust and     arguing the role of the APA  obligations for the sake of
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                                    confirmed its own irrelevance.”  uncertainty” among residents.  should be to act in defence of the  commercial stability.
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      Gaby Rodrigues                tourism represents around a fifth  42,000 people participated in the  exists as to the potential of  agreed to back in 2007 by the
      accounts@theportugalnews.com  of the country’s exports,    public consultation with the  damage being caused to it.  Socialist government led by José
                                    estimated at 15 billion euros,  opinions of respondents not held  The Government, in making the  Sócrates, with Economy Minister
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