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8 The Portugal News •  18 Aug  2018                                News


      Prospecting suspended off Algarve coast after



      Loulé court rules in favour of anti-oil movements



      It looks as if the window for prospecting off the Algarve coast could have been closed shut after Loulé’s Administrative
      Court ruled in favour of the Algarve Fossil Fuel Free platform (PALP) and suspended the license (TUPEM permit) for the ENI /
      GALP consortium to drill for oil off Aljezur.
                                                                    n the preliminary ruling,  judge’s decision means “we are  audience in Almancil with the
                                                                    announced on Monday, the  certain that, for as long as there  PALP and MALP movements,
                                                                    Court decided in favour of the  is no decision otherwise, the ENI  who put forward their arguments
                                                                 IPALP and, consequently,     / Galp consortium cannot drill  against the exploitation of
                                                                 suspended the “effectiveness of  the hole. This was our main  hydrocarbons in the Algarve.
                                                                 the act of issuing the TUPEM” [a  objective in the fight. Now we  President Marcelo Rebelo de
                                                                 private permit for the use of  have to wait for the next  Sousa said he will reflect on what
                                                                 maritime space].             developments. It is likely that the  was said at that meeting.
                                                                 In addition, the Court called on  companies will appeal, but for  Meanwhile, the PALP platform
                                                                 “the parties concerned not to  now we have won this process  has issued a formal statement in
                                                                 proceed with any work, whether  and it is stopped”.       which it said Monday’s ruling
                                                                 preparatory to the prospecting or  Despite the action, filed by PALP  was “a memorable day for the
                                                                 its execution”.              in 2017, having a suspensory  Algarve, for the anti-oil
                                                                 Ana Matias, co-founder of the  effect, a decision from the  movements and for the Country
                                                                 PALP platform, told newspaper  Ministries of the Sea and  and for all those who have
                                                                 Sul Informação that the      Economy, invoking public     engaged in this cause”.
                                                                 movement launched the        interest, meant that “for some  It reiterated the court’s ruling
                                                                 injunction against the Ministry of  time, permission for drilling” to  means the “effectiveness of the
                                                                 the Sea and the ENI / GALP   go ahead had been conceded,  issuing of a TUPEM is
                                                                 consortium, to block the TUPEM,  Ana Matias explains.     suspended”, and the ENI / Galp
                                                                 which would allow holes to be  However, on 3 July 2018, after  consortium is “advised not to
                                                                 drilled from September, off  the Ministries’ decision was  proceed with any work, whether
                                                                 Aljezur.                     contested by PALP, “the judge  preparatory to the prospecting or
                                                                 “With this action, filed last year,  ruled that there was no public  the execution of the contract
                                                                 we asked that all work be    interest, only matters of a  (....)”.
                                                                 suspended until the sentence  contractual nature and the  The movement said the decision
                                                                 was read (…). Fortunately, the  suspensory effect was again in  “is not the end of the fight, but it’s
                                                                 judge ruled that the TUPEM was  force.”                   a major battle won”.
       A Loulé court confirms suspension of oil drilling off Algarve coast.
       A Loulé court confirms suspension of oil drilling off Algarve coast.
       A Loulé court confirms suspension of oil drilling off Algarve coast.  wrongly assigned”.  On Saturday evening, the  Drilling was due to commence
       A Loulé court confirms suspension of oil drilling off Algarve coast.
       A Loulé court confirms suspension of oil drilling off Algarve coast.
       (Photo: EPÂ)                                              According to Ana Matias, the  President of the Republic held an  next month.
       (Photo: EPÂ)
       (Photo: EPÂ)
       (Photo: EPÂ)
       (Photo: EPÂ)
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