Opinion article by Laurinda Seabra in response to arguments that as the Portuguese government has been "democratically elected", they can do as they please. I disagree.
On Monday 30th October we woke-up to the news that Galp would be disinvesting from the Algarve. The news was spread all over the press, and welcomed by many mayors in local municipalities, other associations, platforms, community groups and the general public at large – except for ASMAA.
OPINION article about why, we at ASMAA don't really believe that Galp, ENI and the government just walked away quietly from three concession areas in the Alentejo Basin.
O jornal O Sol afirma que Laurinda Seabra é criticada pelo sector de exploração petrolífera e pelo sector ligado ao mar, por alegadas relações menos claras e até estranhas, a outras empresas.
ENI says that "a delay is inevitable." Meaning that there will be NO DRILLING in 2018 in the Aljezur sea, we also need to take into account that current contract expires in January 2019.
Nota de Imprensa. Lagos, 30 Setembro 2018: Mais de 700 pessoas juntam-se a acção popular da ASMAA contra contratos de petróleo em Portugal.
Press Release, 30 September 2018, Lagos: More than 700 people joins ASMAA’s Class Action against oil exploration contracts in Portugal
In this article, you’ll find a brief explanation of what is a "Class Action". We've drafted this note, so that everyone understands why it was the most appropriate and the selected course of action followed by ASMAA. Any association can choose to follow this strategic path as long as certain conditions are met. We have taken this opportunity to answer a number of questions that we have received, and which in our opinion are important - so that everyone can be properly informed.
On April 6, 2018, ASMAA filed with the Administrative and Fiscal Tribunal of Loulé (TAF) an action to request the cancellation of oil contracts in the Alentejo Basin, alleging the breach of various contractual and administrative procedures, and process illegalities.