ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association

69,845 supporters

Started 8 petitions

Petitioning Assembleia da República Portuguesa, Primeiro Ministro de Portugal, presidente de portugal

BAN fracking in Portugal. Revoke licenses granted to Australis Oil & Gas.

ASMAA, a Portuguese registered NGO with NIPC 510381952, calls on local and international communities that are against Fossil Fuels exploration for oil & gas using unconventional technologies such as FRACKING to HELP US send a very strong message to the Portuguese government. Background Australis Oil & Gas was granted permission to explore for shale gas on 30 September 2015, just 4 days before a national election. Two concession contracts where signed (Batalha & Pombal), covering an area of +- 2.500Km2, over 14 municipal councils. No public consultation took place. As it is the norm in Portugal, this decision was taken behind closed doors in a heavy veil of secrecy by representatives of previous government. In spite of current government opportunity to revoke the licenses if they had the political will to do it, they failed to do so. Instead, they allowed Australis to proceed. A public consultation process was launched on 27 March 2018 which closes on 11 May 2018. http://participa.pt/consulta.jsp?loadP=2203, calling for comments on whether an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) should be a requirement or not before full authorization is granted by the government for Australis to drill their first well in the Aljubarrota region of Batalha.  The documents provided for above public consultation, by Australis consultant's (ERM) on behalf of Australis, starts with a disconcerting disclaimer: "Any third party trusts and uses the information contained in this report at their own risk" Australis public consultation EIS document states that the planned drilling is for one conventional well ONLY, but in a statuary disclosure to shareholders done on 30 April 2018, it states that horizontal drilling of 2,8Km for that well has been made provision for and duly budgeted. A clear indication that Fracking will be the technology used. The planned first well will be drilled at close proximity to residential areas (500 metres), which means that fracking will affect many properties due to the 2,8Km horizontal drilling radius. Should Australis be allowed to drill their first well, this will be the first of thousands of wells that they are planning on drilling in the future in the two concession areas (Batalha & Pombal). Bringing with it massive risks to the affected regions. (You can read more about the risks on our website.) Council Areas Affected by the two contracts (Batalha & Pombal) Coimbra, Montemor-o-Velho, Souré, Leiria, Pombal, Batalha, Porto de Mós, Alcobaça, Nazaré, Ourém, Marinha Grande, Caldas da Rainha, Santarém and Rio Maior. Some of the Impacts The areas that Australis was granted to frack, include heavily populated areas, integrate many cultural and historical areas of interest, as well as having many nature-protected regions. Fracking will destroy these areas; it will destroy its water sources, have a negative impact on the health of the local population, and be disastrous for local economies. The negative impacts will last for decades, it will last for many life times. WHAT WE WANT We call on local and central government to do the right thing, and to revoke licenses already granted to Australis Oil & Gas. We demand that the so called public consultation to decide if an EIA is or not a requirement should be cancelled immediately, and be replaced by proper disclosure sessions ran by government educating the local population about the facts and the risks of fracking, before any decision is taken by government on this issue. We further demand a moratorium on all concession areas identified for future oil and gas exploration – meaning that there will not be any new licenses for the exploration of fossil fuels in the Portuguese territory issued, not now nor in the future. MORE INFO http://asmaa-algarve.org Australis Oil & Gas runs a “by-Invite” only Fracking Information Session in Leiria (31 Oct 2018)http://asmaa-algarve.org/en/campaigns/nem-um-furo/campaign-articles/australis-oil-gas-runs-a-by-invite-only-fracking-information-session-in-leiria The Shrine “Sanctuary of Fatima” under threat of Fracking (Oil and Gas Exploration)http://asmaa-algarve.org/en/news/what-s-new/urgent-appeal-to-all-catholics-the-shrine-sanctuary-of-fatima-under-threat-of-fracking-oil-and-gas-exploration Fracking earthquakes, Oil and Gas Companies and the Fabrication of Scientific Evidencehttp://asmaa-algarve.org/en/news/what-s-new/fracking-earthquakes-oil-and-gas-companies-and-the-fabrication-of-scientific-evidence As if the fires where not enough here comes fracking in Pombal and Batalha. Are you ready for it?http://asmaa-algarve.org/en/news/what-s-new/as-if-the-fires-where-not-enough-here-comes-fracking-in-pombal-and-batalha-are-you-ready-for-it Fracking: Why Residents and Home-Owners in Portugal should take a lesson from the Netherlandshttp://asmaa-algarve.org/en/news/what-s-new/fracking-why-residents-and-home-owners-in-portugal-should-take-a-lesson-from-the-netherlands Fracking: The Netherlands’ government gives notice to gas drilling company's to stophttp://asmaa-algarve.org/en/news/what-s-new/fracking-the-netherlands-government-gives-notice-to-gas-drilling-company-s-to-stop Portuguese articles Exploração Petróleo e Gás Batalha e Pombal: Carta aos Presidentes de Câmara afetadoshttp://asmaa-algarve.org/en/news/noticias/exploracao-petroleo-e-gas-batalha-e-pombal-carta-aos-presidentes-de-camara-afetados Santuário de Fátima concessionado para a exploração de Petróleohttp://asmaa-algarve.org/en/news/noticias/santuario-de-fatima-concessionado-para-a-exploracao-de-petroleo FOGOS - PETRÓLEO e GÁS!http://asmaa-algarve.org/en/news/noticias/fogos-petroleo-e-gas   MAP OF CONCESSION AREAS: Interactive map of concession areas is now open on our website. You can now verify if your property falls IN ANY OF THE AREAS UNDER concession to Australis Oil & Gas and see if FRACKING risks will impact on you. http://asmaa-algarve.org/en/pombal-batalha-map  

ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association
5,680 supporters
Petitioning ENMC, APA, Assembleia da Republica

Objection to Deep Offshore Drilling Licence in Aljezur being granted to ENI / Galp

Exmo. Sr. Presidente da Assembleia da RepublicaExmo. Sr. Primeiro MinistroExmo. Sr. Diretor Geral - DGRM Direção-Geral de Recursos Naturais, Segurança e Serviços MaritimosExmo. Sr. Diretor da ENMCExmo. Sr. Diretor da Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente (APA) Dear Sirs We the undersigned strongly object to the fact that the Portuguese Environmental Agency has given the GREEN LIGHT to ENI Portugal bv (acting on behalf of the ENI-Galp consortium) to drill an exploratory well in the area 233 designated “Santola” located in the Alentejo offshore basin without an EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) Our association, ASMAA Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association with NIPC 510 381 952 and the undersigned individuals strongly object to above-mentioned  action taken by the Portuguese government based on the following facts: The coastline of the Costa Vicentina and its offshore marine environment is of a high environmental, social and economic value to the Algarve and all its residents and visitors. This specific stretch of coast where the proposed drilling operation is to take place is located in an area that provides important habitat for marine life, migrating whales and other cetaceans. This area of coastline is also a popular tourist draw-card for the Algarve, with the numerous beaches providing a resource for swimming, surfing, sailing and other water based activities that attracts both residents and tourists. It is clear to us that the Algarve community of over 400,000 people have not been adequately considered, as there is a clear lack of consultation by the relevant government authorities. The lack of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) before any offshore drilling operation is deeply concerning to our association and all the undersigned. We are seriously concerned by the adverse impacts that offshore drilling can have on the environment; that it will not only lead to environmental degradation but also to negative social and economic impacts, as the natural beauty of our coastline is integrally linked with tourism, and is one of the major factors for residents moving to or already living in this area of the Algarve. The close proximity of the potential area of operation to the coastline is of great concern to all of us, as well as the fact that the visual amenity of the coast may be compromised due to the presence of semi-permanent vessels and associated infrastructure. Furthermore, we know that the local community will not receive any direct benefit from the proposed exploration should this deep offshore drilling proceed. Our main areas of concern include, but are not limited to: Lack of information on response to emergency situations, such as a subsea rupture Air, noise, water and beach pollution Impacts on rare or protected species Acoustic affects of seismic testing Disruption of whale migration due to seismic testing and the presence of semi-permanent vessels and associated infrastructure Visual impacts of surface infrastructure and activities Exclusion of recreational and local fishing vessels from exploration zones Physical damage to the sea floor and important habitats Release of hydrocarbons from either the sea bed or pipes into the marine and shoreline environment Changes in pelagic fish ecology and congregation due to the presence of semi permanent vessels and associated infrastructure Facilitation of noxious or invasive species invasion due to the presence of semi permanent vessels and associated infrastructure Impact on climate change In conclusion ASMAA and the undersigned individual’s request that you take into consideration the environment, social and economic impacts of both the exploration activity and the potential mining activity associated with this drilling operation by ENI planned to take place between September 2018 and January 2019, and that we strongly feel that the above mentioned authorization should be canceled with immediate effect and that no further exploration of offshore resources be allowed.  

ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association
2,443 supporters
Petitioning Representantes do governo nacional, regional, e camaras municipais.

Portugal Diz NÃO ao Fracking / Portugal Says NO to Fracking

Caros amigos Portugal é conhecido pela sua grande beleza, beleza esta que está agora em risco de ser destruída. Portugal é sem duvida uma região pobre de água, e é uma região ecologicamente sensível que está agora sob ameaça de ser devastada por operações de mineração para extrair gás natural através de uma técnica controversa chamado de fraturamento hidráulico ou "fracking" ou através de outras tecnologias não convencionais. Durante o processo de fracking, milhões de litros de água, areia e diversos produtos químicos - a maioria dos quais são tóxicos, carcinogic bem como teratogénico (que incluem benzeno, tolueno, etilbenzeno, xileno, etileno glicol (anti-congelante), o combustível diesel, naftaleno (bola para a traça) compostos , ácido bórico, arsénico, hidrocarbonetos orgânicos poli nucleares, apenas para citar alguns dos 600 e tantos produtos químicos utilizados) - são bombeados nos furos com água a alta pressão para liberar o gás natural (chamado gás de xisto) preso em camadas de rocha no subsolo. Nos EUA, onde fracking tem sido amplamente utilizado, tem havido centenas de casos documentados deste processo, que resultou em: poluição catastrófica da água potável; poluição do ar; aumento da actividade sísmica, resultando em terremotos; impactos gerais na saúde de seres humanos e animais; e uma grande degradação ambiental. Já existe uma onda crescente de oposição ao uso de fracking em Portugal, e esta onda está a crescer. Liderado por organizações não governamentais das quais a ASMAA é sem dúvida uma das organizações que lidera esta luta, muitas empresas, agricultores, organizações de direitos humanos, investidores, turistas, residentesestrangeiros  e cidadãos comuns. Se está preocupado com os impactos que este género de exploração de gás natural no nosso país vai trazer para a sua região, por favor junte a sua voz a nossa adicionando o seu nome na petição. Saiba mais sobre o que e o fracking aqui: muitas informações sobre fracking neste link: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/frack-off-campaign  apresentações em Power Point aqui neste link que pode consultar: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/presentations pode ver uma seleção de vídeos de todo o mundo, incluindo Gasland I e II e Unhearthed: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/videos pode avaliar se a sua propriade está dentro das áreas de concessão, verificando-o no Mapa interativo do Google que encontra na página inicial do nosso site: http://asmaa-algarve.org ************************************************************************ Dear friends Large parts of Portugal is currently under threat of Fracking. Our beautiful, but water-poor and ecologically sensitive regions are under threat of being devastated by mining operations to extract natural gas using a controversial technique called hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' or other unconventional technologies. During fracking millions of liters of water, sand and numerous chemicals most of which are toxic, carcinogenic as well as teratogenic (they include benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, xylene, ethylene glycol (antifreeze), diesel fuel, naphthalene (moth ball) compounds, boric acid, arsenic, poly nuclear organic hydrocarbons, only to name a few of 600-odd chemicals used), are pumped into boreholes at high pressure to release natural gas (called shale gas) trapped in layers of underground rock. In the USA, where fracking has been used extensively, there have been hundreds of documented cases of this process resulting in: catastrophic drinking water pollution; air pollution; increased seismic activity resulting in earthquakes; health concerns for humans and animals; and general environmental degradation. There is already a growing groundswell of opposition to the use of fracking in Portugal lead by various groups, with ASMAA being one of the leading associations in this fight against this threat. But we not alone, many other NGO's, local businesses, farmers, tourists, investors, as well as ordinary citizens and expat residents are making their voices heard. If you are concerned about the likely environmental and health impacts of natural gas exploitation in our country, please join us in adding your name to this petition. The Petition Letter We, the undersigned: Call on national, provincial and municipal government to institute a moratorium on all on-shore exploration and exploitation of natural gas in Portugal, especially any operations involving hydraulic fracturing, at least until comprehensive, independent, scientific assessments can guarantee that such exploration and exploitation activities will not lead to detrimental environmental or health effects and until independent and efficient measures are in place to monitor all shale gas exploration and exploitation. Find out more about fracking here: lots of info on this link: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/frack-off-campaign see the presentations: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/presentations see a selection of videos from all over the world including Gasland I and II and Unhearthed: http://asmaa-algarve.org/index.php/en/campaigns/videos see if you fall within the allocated concession areas by checking the interactive Google Map on our site's home page: http://asmaa-algarve.org  

ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association
11,435 supporters
Petitioning Politicos, Governo e Administradores das Grandes Empresas em Portugal

Youth Says NO to Oil and Gas Drilling in Portugal / Os Jovens Dizem Nao A Exploracao de Petroleo e Gas em Portugal

Uma carta aberta dos jovens a todos os líderes portugueses Nós, os jovens de Portugal, bem como Luso-descendentes espalhados por todo o mundo, apoiados por muitos dos nossos amigos nos países em que vivemos, vimos juntar as nossas vozes à campanha da ASMAA "Oilgarve - Algarve diz não ao Petróleo e ao Gás " e pedir-vos que parem a insana exploração de combustíveis fósseis que está a iniciar-se a sério em Portugal - um país que amamos, onde vivemos ou visitamos com as nossas famílias, durante os períodos de férias. A nossa geração será a mais afectada pelas vossas acções – tanto as concretizadas no passado como as que pretendem realizar futuramente – prejudicarão a minha vida e a dos meus amigos se continuarem nessa vossa busca gananciosa e inabalável de petróleo e gás. Nós, jovens de Portugal, assim como os do resto do mundo, encontramo-nos, ainda, sem podermos votar, nem dinheiro para pagarmos lobistas poderosos, como as grandes corporações e as elites fazem em Portugal e com isso influenciarem as vossas acções apenas em seu próprio benefício. Embora não tenhamos os recursos normais que aqueles poderosos lóbis usam para fazer valer os próprios interesses, acreditamos que esta petição é uma maneira de juntarmos a nossa às vozes de todos aqueles que se interessam o suficiente por nós e pelo nosso futuro; aqueles que se preocupam com o meio ambiente e com a sustentabilidade do nosso planeta. Juntos, pedimos que vocês parem este louco propósito de exploração de combustíveis fósseis em terra e no mar de Portugal, de norte a sul. Nós, os jovens de Portugal, bem como os milhares de Luso-descendentes espalhados por todo o mundo, apoiados pelas juventudes de outros países, ao assinar esta petição exigimos o seguinte: Um futuro seguro: Exigimos que o governo Português adopte metas de energia e de eficiência energética renováveis que permitam reduzir as emissões globais de carbono. Distribuição equitativa de energia: Exigimos que todas as pessoas, em todas as regiões, tenham acesso a energias renováveis e tecnologias de eficiência energética. Um fim aos subsídios para as empresas de combustíveis fósseis: As empresas petrolíferas são das corporações mais ricas do planeta e normalmente muitas delas até mais ricas do que muitos países combinados. Elas não precisam de dinheiro do governo (ou dos contribuintes portugueses). O facto de usufruírem dele, origina uma competição injusta e impossível, sem normalidade, nem ética, para as organizações de energia solar e eólica, assim como para outras empresas de energia renovável. Paragem de toda a exploração de petróleo e gás - tanto em terra, bem como no mar, em Portugal. O momento de agir é agora, enquanto os impactos das mudanças climáticas se intensificam. Nós, os jovens de Portugal em nosso nome e em nome de toda a juventude global, vimos por este meio convidar todos os nossos dirigentes portugueses, "a liderar em função da importância do nosso futuro " - definindo-nos no caminho da sustentabilidade, um caminho construído por empregos verdes, um caminho cheio de ar limpo, água limpa, praias limpas, oceanos limpos e ecossistemas intactos para as gerações futuras. Há mais de um século que vocês estão dependentes nas energias fósseis, mas agora é o momento certo para a mudança. Cada ano que esperamos, cada hora que passa, o futuro do planeta e a sobrevivência das gerações futuras é posta em causa. Agora não é o momento para uma a acção incrementada, mas sim de uma acção séria e eficaz. Nesta conjuntura de definição da história humana, pedimos aos líderes portugueses – que se comprometam a oferecer a segurança e oportunidades à nossa geração, como a que lhes foi dada pelos vossos antecessores. Pedimo-vos para aceitarem a responsabilidade que têm de proteger não só a humanidade, e os habitantes deste Portugal que lidera, mas também o planeta que partilhamos, a protecção dos oceanos que nos rodeiam, bem como a nossa terra. Confiando que façam o que esta correcto para a nossa e as futuras gerações Assino a favor da geração jovem Portuguesa e de todos os nossos amigos espalhados por todo o mundo que, de facto, representamos os seus filhos, netos e bisnetos. ************************************************** ADICIONA A TUA VOZ NA CAIXA DOS COMENTÁRIOS Se tens entre os 12 e os 18 anos, esta petição e para ti. ADICIONA A TUA VOZ NA CAIXA DOS COMENTÁRIOS. Se já tens 18 anos, assina a outra petição aqui neste link http://tinyurl.com/nxqqrg2 Não assines apenas a petição, na caixa dos comentários, diz-nos quem és, qual a tua idade e a razão da petição ser importante para ti. ASMAA's website: http://asmaa-algarve.org Obrigada   ************************************************************************************ An open letter to all Portuguese Leaders by the youth We, the youth of Portugal as well as Lusa-descendants spread all over the world, supported by many of our friends in the countries we live in, raise our voices in unity with ASMAA’s Algarve Surf and Marine Activities “Oilgarve - Algarve Says NO to Oil and Gas” campaign and call on all of you to stop the fossil fuel exploration and exploitation madness that is starting in earnest in Portugal, a country that we love to live in or visit with our families during holiday breaks. Our generation will be the most affected by your actions - these actions that you have taken in the past and the actions that you will take in the future - but which affects me and the rest of my peers as you continue in the same unabated pursuit of oil and gas in this era of enlightenment. The youth of Portugal just like the youth of the rest of the world find ourselves without the ability to vote yet, and without the money to pay powerful lobbyists like big corporations and the elites do in Portugal, so that we can also influence your actions just like they do. Although we lack the normal resources that these powerful interests use to look after their own interests we believe that this petition will add our voice to the voices of all of these that care enough about us and our future; these that care about our environment, and these that care about the sustainability of our planet. Together we are asking that you stop the fossil fuel exploration madness in the offshores and onshores of Portugal, from north to south. We the youth of Portugal as well as the thousands of Lusa-descendants spread all over the world, supported by the youth of other countries, by signing this petition demand the following: A safe future: We demand that our government adopt renewable energy and energy efficiency targets that will reduce global carbon emissions. Equitable distribution of energy: We demand that all people, in all regions, have access to renewable energy and energy efficiency technology. An end to subsidy money for fossil fuel corporations: Oil and coal companies are among the richest corporations on the planet, richer than many countries combined. They do NOT need government money and it makes it unfair for solar and wind and other renewable energy companies to compete. A stop of all oil and gas exploration - both onshore as well as offshore in Portugal. The window for action is narrowing while the impacts of a changing climate are intensifying. We, the youth of Portugal on our behalf and on behalf of all of the global youth, do hereby call upon you, our Portuguese leaders, to “lead as if our future matters” - by setting us on the path to sustainability, a path built by green jobs, and a path filled with clean air, clean water, clean beaches, clean oceans and intact ecosystems for generations to come. You have been relying on fossil fuels for over a century but now is the time for change. For every year that we wait, for every hour that we stall, the future and survival of the youngest generations - and that of generations to come - is jeopardized. Now is not the time for incremental action. At this defining juncture in human history, we ask you - our Portuguese leaders - to commit to providing the security and opportunity for our generation that you were given by your predecessors. We call on you to accept the responsibility you have to protect the people you lead and the planet we share and to protect both the oceans that surrounds us as well as our land. With Trust. The young Portuguese generation and all our friends from all over the world who in fact represent your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. ********************************************************************************** ADD YOUR SAY IN THE COMMENT BOX If you are aged between 12 and 18, then this petition is for you. If you are older than 18 then please sign our other petition which you can find on this link http://tinyurl.com/nxqqrg2 Don't ONLY sign this petition, tell us who you are, how old you are, and why this matters to you in the comment box below. Add your say to the petition. Thank you ASMAA's website: http://asmaa-algarve.org

ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association
4,151 supporters
Petitioning MEP's

We Demand that the EU Investigates oil exploration contracts in Portugal

Why do we Demand that the EC Conducts an Investigation into the Contracts Awarded by the Portuguese Government to Repsol and Partex for the Lagosta and Lagostim Concessions Late in July 2015 the Portuguese government published for the first time the concession contracts awarded for the exploration of offshore oil and gas in the Algarve Basin to the consortium Repsol/ Partex. ASMAA’s had the contracts analyzed by legal experts.  After extensive discussions with the various legal advisers, we are of the opinion that there are grounds to request an investigation. This investigation is aimed at ascertaining and verifying if the contracts as they currently stand were not drafted as they are, with the intent to circumvent European laws and guidelines. As a result, we will be submitting a written request to the Directorate of Energy in the European Union to investigate the contracts for any breaches. In addition the Portuguese government is at fault by failing to transpose on 19 July 2015 into Portuguese law the European Directive for Offshore Oil & Gas Safety Directive (Directive 2013/30/EU. THIS HAS NOW BEEN DONE ON 9 MARCH 2016 - 9 MONTHS LATER. If you support our application to the European Commission for Energy, we request that you sign the petition and add your voice to our submission. The ASMAA Team Links: Copies of the contracts are on the official Portuguese government department website responsible http://enmc.pt. Copies of Contracts on ASMAA website: Lagostim Contract: http://tinyurl.com/ouzx9vy Lagosta Contract: http://tinyurl.com/qzjs8om More info on our site: http://asmaa-algarve.org ********************************************************************************** Porquê exigimos que CE faça uma investigação aos contractos entre o Governo Português e a Repsol e Partex das concessões Lagosta e Logostim ? No final de Julho 2015 o Governo Português publicou pela primeira vez os contractos de concessão para as explorações de petroleo e gáz Offshore na bacia do Algarve ao concorcio Repsol / Partex A ASMAA encomendou uma analize dos referidos contractos a especialistas juridicos. Depois de extensivas discussões com os advogados, somos da opinião que há base para requerer uma investigação. Esta investigação visa verificar se os contractos, como se apresentam, não foram redigidos com a intenção de contornar leis e directivas europeias. Neste contexto, iremos submeter um requerimento ao Comissariado da Energia das Comunidades Europeias solicitando a investigação destes contractos. Se concorda com este requerimento à Comissão Europeia, pedimos que assinem a petição juntando a sua voz à nossa. ObrigadaA Equipa da ASMAA Links: Copias dos contractos na pagina official do governo portugues: http://enmc.pt Copias dos contractos no site da ASMAA: Lagostim Contracto: http://tinyurl.com/ouzx9vy Lagosta Contracto: http://tinyurl.com/qzjs8om Mais informacao no nosso site: http://asmaa-algarve.org    

ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association
6,075 supporters
Petitioning European Parliament

SAVE THE ALGARVE FROM OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION - SALVAR O ALGARVE DA EXPLORACAO DE GAS E PETROLEO

FOR UPDATES VISIT OUR SITE OR JOIN US ON FACEBOOKMAIS INFORMAÇÃO NO NOSSO SITE OU NA NOSSA PÁGINA DO FB FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/asmaaalgarve/ URL site: http://asmaa-algarve.org ************************************************************************ OUR FIRST COURT ACTION WAS LODGED IN THE HIGH COURT OF LOULÉ ON 6 APRIL THIS YEAR CONTESTING THE LAW OF 94, WHICH IS THE FOUNDATION FOR ALL CURRENT OIL EXPLORATION CONTRACTS. IF ENI/GALP ATTEMPTS TO DRILL IN ALJEZUR DEEP OFFSHORE AFTER 15 SEPTEMBER 2018 WE WILL BRING AN INJUNCTION. A luta continua! Not ONE Well! Not NOW ... Not IN the Future! The ASMAA Team *************************************************************************** A NOSSA PRIMEIRA AÇÃO JURÍDICA JÁ ESTÁ NO TAF DE LOULÉ DESDE O DIA 6 ABRIL 2018. ESTAMOS A CONTESTAR A LEI DE 94, QUE É A LEI QUE CONTRALA TODOS OS CONTRACTOS DE EXPLORAÇÃO QUE ESTÃO NESTE MOMENTO ACTIVOS. SE A GALP/ENI AVANÇAR COM O FURO DE ALJEZUR DEPOIS DO DIA 15 SETEMBRO, VAMOS AVANÇAR COM UMA PROVIDÊNCIA CAUTELAR.  A luta continua! Nem UM Furo! Nem AGORA ... Nem NO Futuro! A equipa da ASMAA

ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association
36,999 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Portuguese Parliament, Tourism of Portugal and Lagos Municipality

Portuguese Parliament, Tourism of Portugal and Lagos Municipality: Save the Nightlife in Lagos

Exmo Senhor Presidente da Assembleia da Republica PortuguesaExmo Senhor Presidente do Turismo de Portugal Exmo Senhor Presidente do Turismo do Algarve Exmo Senhor Presidente da Camara Municipal de Lagos As a patron, and/or as a visitor to Lagos, and/or as a tourist, and/or as an investor intending to visit Lagos in the future, I do hereby inform you that I do NOT AGREE with any of the proposed changes described in Article 2, Article 3, Article 6 and Article 15 of the Lagos Council Edital No 242/2012 dated the 12 December 2012, which is in the phase of public consultation until 12 January 2013. Should the Lagos Council decide to proceed with the approval and implementation of the by-laws described in the above “Edital”, which has the potential to negatively affect the current nightlife experiences in Lagos, that I as a patron, and/or as a visitor and/or as a tourist, and/or as an investor expect, you are hereby notified that it will greatly affect my choice of Lagos and the Algarve as a tourism, and/or holiday, and/or business, and/or investment destination.In other words, I would most probably select another alternative location to enjoy my leisure, business or investment activities.In view thereof, I respectfully request that the proposal’ and/or changes proposed to the “status-quo” described in the said “Edital” be cancelled. THE LAGOS LOCAL GOVERMENT AGENCY, NAMELY THE CAMARA MUNICIPAL DE LAGOS IS LOOKING AT: 1. THE CREATION OF A SPECIAL CATEGORY (CATEGORY 5) UNDER ARTICLE 2 OF EDITAL 242/2012, WHICH COULD BE INTERPRETED AS BEING AN UFAIR AND ANTI-COMPETITIVE ACTION AGAINST OTHER OPERATORS AND BUSINESSES IN LAGOS. 2. THAT THE PROPOSED SOUND/NOISE MONITORING SYSTEM DESCRIBED UNDER ARTICLE 6 OF EDITAL 242/2012 MAY BE SEEN AS AN ATTEMPT TO BENEFIT UNSPECIFIED BUSINESS PROVIDERS. 3. THAT THE GROUNDS FOR JUSTIFICATION OF THE NEED FOR A SPECIAL NOISE/SOUND MONITORING SYSTEM IS AN UNCESSARY EXPENSE LEVIED ON THE LAGOS BUSINESS SECTOR AS NOISE/SOUND CONTROL IS ALREADY ADDRESSED UNDER NATIONAL NOISE/SOUND CONTROL LAWS. WHAT WE WANT We want the proposed changes to be cancelled. We appoint as our representative in the Algarve, ASMAA – The Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association and instruct its management to sit down with the government, in the joint function of being representatives of the public and of the affected businesses, so that real solutions can be reached instead of the proposed changes which I deem to be sort-sighted and anti-competitive policies. FACTS 1. Despite what some of the lesser forms of media would tell you about crime and violence in the Algarve, the facts are that Lagos has a fairly low violence and other related crime rate. 2. Taxis/cabs will become impossible to obtain, and many smaller bars will be put into bankruptcy if further restrictions on licenses are to go ahead. 3. In November 2005 London extended its drinking hours and lifted its lockout to battle the number of assaults and drunken behaviour; it worked and continues to be extended further. The London tests have found that binge drinking decreased overall because patrons could spread out their drinking over a longer period of time. 4. There is no proof that reducing the hours that a venue is opened will decrease violence, decrease drinking, or decrease public disturbances, in fact there’s strong evidence to the contrary as more people spill out onto the street at the same time looking for alternatives or to go home. 5. Nightlife in Lagos only starts at about 23h00 in the evening. And in the summer it starts at 24h00 because the sun goes down late. FINANCIAL RAMIFICATIONS Bartenders, security, venue owners/operators will all lose revenue as working hours decrease and there is less money to go around in a recessive saturated industry. In unsure economic times like today, it is unfair to cripple an industry that so many working families rely on for their income. Bars, Clubs and Restaurants are already highly regulated and scrutinised. With the proposed changes people will be more inclined to drink in the street or outside closed off venues, causing an increase in noise and public disturbances. CIVIL LIBERTIES Infringement on people’s rights to visit the venues of their choice! Restriction on what should be their choice is a blatant violation of their rights. The fact that these places can operate at a profit proves that there is a market for people who like to listen to music, mingle with others or have fun at all hours of the night. Lagos is a dynamic and well promoted tourism destination and not all people work 9-5. Tourist, visitors, residents, shift workers, hospitality workers and general night owl’s are being discriminated against. Workers’ rights: the government has failed to take into account the ramifications this will have on hospitality workers. Most of these people work hard all night so Lagos visitors and residents can socialise after a hard weeks work or during their visit to the Lagos council area. I must ask, if these same workers are not entitled to socialise with their co-workers and friends after they finish scrubbing our dishes, cleaning our glasses, serving us drinks and taking our orders SAFETY Increased Street traffic is a major outcome of these new laws. In the towns in other countries where these laws were introduced people naturally spilled out of the bars, restaurants and nightclubs and onto the street causing police to be overrun with violence and disorderly behaviour. People not able to get home – not enough taxis/cabs (not to mention associated issues with cab drivers being unwilling to take intoxicated passengers) will result in more people on the streets not able to find a way home People unable to exit a venue to get fresh air or food. Police will be unable to handle increase in street traffic/assaults – as their resources are already stretched. I have read and comprehend its contents and I subscribe to this petition.

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Petitioning Exmo Senhor Presidente da Assembleia da Republica Portuguesa

Portuguese Parliament, Tourism of Portugal and Lagos Municipality: SAVE THE NIGHLIFE OF LAGOS COUNCIL AREA IN THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL

As a patron, and/or as a visitor to Lagos, and/or as a tourist, and/or as an investor intending to visit Lagos in the future, I do hereby inform you that I do NOT AGREE with any of the proposed changes described in Article 2, Article 3, Article 6 and Article 15 of the Lagos Council Edital No 242/2012 dated the 12 December 2012, which is in the phase of public consultation until 12 January 2013.   Should the Lagos Council decide to proceed with the approval and implementation of the by-laws described in the above “Edital”, which has the potential to negatively affect the current nightlife experiences in Lagos, that I as a patron, and/or as a visitor and/or as a tourist, and/or as an investor expect, you are hereby notified that it will greatly affect my choice of Lagos and the Algarve as a tourism, and/or holiday, and/or business, and/or investment destination.   In other words, I would most probably select another alternative location to enjoy my leisure, business or investment activities.   In view thereof, I respectfully request that the proposal’ and/or changes proposed to the “status-quo” described in the said “Edital” be cancelled.     THE LAGOS LOCAL GOVERMENT AGENCY, NAMELY THE CAMARA MUNICIPAL DE LAGOS IS LOOKING AT:   1.      THE CREATION OF A SPECIAL CATEGORY (CATEGORY 5) UNDER ARTICLE 2 OF EDITAL 242/2012, WHICH COULD BE INTERPRETED AS BEING AN UFAIR AND ANTI-COMPETITIVE ACTION AGAINST OTHER OPERATORS AND BUSINESSES IN LAGOS.   2.      THAT THE PROPOSED SOUND/NOISE MONITORING SYSTEM DESCRIBED UNDER ARTICLE 6 OF EDITAL 242/2012 MAY BE SEEN AS AN ATTEMPT TO BENEFIT AN UNSPECIFIED BUSINESS PROVIDER.   3.      THAT THE GROUNDS FOR JUSTIFICATION OF THE NEED FOR A SPECIAL NOISE/SOUND MONITORING SYSTEM IS AN UNCESSARY EXPENSE LEVIED ON THE LAGOS BUSINESS SECTOR AS NOISE/SOUND CONTROL IS ALREADY ADDRESSED UNDER NATIONAL NOISE/SOUND CONTROL LAWS. WHAT WE WANT We want the proposed changes to be cancelled. We appoint as our representative in the Algarve, ASMAA – The Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association and instruct its management to sit down with the government, in the joint function of being representatives of the public and of the affected businesses, so that real solutions can be reached instead of the proposed changes which I deem to be sort-sighted and anti-competitive policies.   FACTS    1.      Despite what some of the lesser forms of media would tell you about crime and violence in the Algarve, the facts are that Lagos has a fairly low violence and other related crime rate.   2.      Taxis/cabs will become impossible to obtain, and many smaller bars will be put into bankruptcy if further restrictions on licenses are to go ahead.   3.      In November 2005 London extended its drinking hours and lifted its lockout to battle the number of assaults and drunken behaviour; it worked and continues to be extended further. The London tests have found that binge drinking decreased overall because patrons could spread out their drinking over a longer period of time.   4.      There is no proof that reducing the hours that a venue is opened will decrease violence, decrease drinking, or decrease public disturbances, in fact there’s strong evidence to the contrary as more people spill out onto the street at the same time looking for alternatives or to go home. FINANCIAL RAMIFICATIONS  Bartenders, security, venue owners/operators will all lose revenue as working hours decrease and there is less money to go around in a recessive saturated industry.   In unsure economic times like today, it is unfair to cripple an industry that so many working families rely on for their income. Bars, Clubs and Restaurants are already highly regulated and scrutinised. With the proposed changes people will be more inclined to drink in the street or outside closed off venues, causing an increase in noise and public disturbances. CIVIL LIBERTIES Infringement on people’s rights to visit the venues of their choice! Restriction on what should be their choice is a blatant violation of their rights.   The fact that these places can operate at a profit proves that there is a market for people who like to listen to music, mingle with others or have fun at all hours of the night.   Lagos is a dynamic and well promoted tourism destination and not all people work 9-5.   Tourist, visitors, residents, shift workers, hospitality workers and general night owl’s are being discriminated against. Workers’ rights: the government has failed to take into account the ramifications this will have on hospitality workers. Most of these people work hard all night so Lagos visitors and residents can socialise after a hard weeks work or during their visit to the Lagos council area. I must ask, if these same workers are not entitled to socialise with their co-workers and friends after they finish scrubbing our dishes, cleaning our glasses, serving us drinks and taking our orders SAFETY Increased Street traffic is a major outcome of these new laws.   In the towns in other countries where these laws were introduced people naturally spilled out of the bars, restaurants and nightclubs and onto the street causing police to be overrun with violence and disorderly behaviour. People not able to get home – not enough taxis/cabs (not to mention associated issues with cab drivers being unwilling to take intoxicated passengers) will result in more people on the streets not able to find a way home People unable to exit a venue to get fresh air or food. Police will be unable to handle increase in street traffic/assaults – as their resources are already stretched.    I have read and comprehend its contents and I subscribe to this petition.    

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