ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association

29,057 Supporters

Started 8 petitions

Petitioning DGRM - Director General

Objection to Offshore Drilling Licence in Aljezur offshore 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 Maritimos Dear Sirs Thank you for this opportunity to submit an objection to the application made by ENI Portugal bv acting on behalf of the ENI-Galp consortium for the award of a TUPEM licence to drill an exploratory well in the area 233 designated “Santola” located in the Alentejo offshore basin. Our association, ASMAA Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association with NIPC 510 381 952 and the undersigned individuals strongly object to a TUPEM exploration-drilling permit being granted to ENI based on the following: 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 study 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 are believe that the local community will not receive any direct benefit from the proposed exploration should this application 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 fully access and consider the environment, social and economic impacts of both the exploration activity and the potential mining activity associated with this application by ENI. In addition take note, that we strongly feel that the application should be rejected outright and would like any further exploration for offshore resources to be prohibited. To further support our resolve to object, take note that we have embarked on a campaign to inform the public on the process and possible negative impacts of such offshore proposal. NOTE: Petition closes on the 21 June 2016 at 24h00.  

ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association
429 supporters
Petitioning Representativos do governo nacional, regional, e camaras municipais.

O Algarve Diz NAO ao Fracking / Algarve Says NO to Fracking

Caros amigos do Algarve O Algarve é conhecido pela sua grande beleza, beleza esta que está agora em risco de ser destruída. O Algarve é sem duvida uma zona 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. Agora, a Portfuel (que anda aparentemente à procura de parceiros internacionais e locais) está a preparar-se para explorar dezenas de milhares de quilómetros quadrados de terra no Algarve para exploração de gás natural atravez de tecnologias de fracking. Em toda a região do Algarve já temos regularmente uma ameaça de falta de água e não se justifica por em risco as nossas fontes de agua potável devido aos riscos dessa agua ser desperdiçada ou contaminada pelo processo de fracking que, uma vez em plena produção, vai envolver dezenas de milhares de furos, e milhões de litros de água por cada furo. Neste momento há já uma onda crescente de oposição ao uso de fracking no Algarve, liderado por muitas empresas, agricultores, organizações ambientalistas e de direitos humanos, investidores, turistas, estrangeiros residentes 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. Texto da petição Nós, os abaixo-assinados: Chamamos ao governo nacional, provincial e municipal para instituir um moratório sobre toda a exploração em terra, e toda a exploração de gás natural em Portugal, especialmente qualquer operação que envolva o processo de fraturamento hidráulico, pelo menos até avaliações abrangentes e independentes terem sido feitas. Avaliacoes que venham a garantir que tais actividades de prospecção e exploração não vai ter efeitos ambientais negativos, ou prejudiciais à saúde. E preciso parar com toda esta actividade até medidas independentes e eficientes estiverem criadas com capacidade de monitor-ar toda a exploração de gás de xisto e exploração em Portugal. Chamamos a Portfuel e a outras empresas internacionais, bem como empresas portugueses para que se abstenham de colocar em risco a integridade ambiental do Algarve e a saúde de todos os seus habitantes que já sabemos que e originada pela prática de exploração de gás de xisto e extracção usando fraturamento hidráulico e outras tecnologias de extracção não-convencionais. 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 of the Algarve Large parts of Algarve’s 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. Right now, Portfuel (which is apparently looking for international and local partners) is preparing to explore hundreds of square kilometers of land in the Algarve for natural gas exploration by fracking. Most of the area under threat is already extremely water-stressed and cannot afford any water to be either wasted or contaminated by the fracking process which, once in full production, may involve hundreds of boreholes and millions of liters of water per borehole. There is a growing groundswell of opposition to the use of fracking in the Algarve lead by a broad coalition of local businesses, farmers, environmental organizations, tourists, investors, as well as ordinary citizens and expat residents. 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 the following 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. Call on Portfuel and other international as well as Portuguese companies to refrain from endangering the environmental integrity of the Algarve and the health of its inhabitants by engaging in shale gas exploration and extraction using hydraulic fracturing and other non-conventional extraction technologies.   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
3,359 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
397 supporters
Petitioning MEP's

We Demand that the EU Parliament Investigates all the fossil fuel awacontracts 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
1,324 supporters
Petitioning Council of the European Union

We DEMAND an EU wide referendum on AUSTERITY.

We the People of Europe Demand an EU wide referendum on austerity … because responsible leaders listens to their people! Are YOU a responsible leader? THE CHALLENGE We the people of Europe, challenge each and every leader of the 28 member states to run a referendum in your country to ascertain the support for the austerity measures that you are enforcing, have enforced or plan to enforce in your country. We the people, believe that the only way to judge the support for your austerity policies by the people of your country within an European context is to run an EU wide referendum. If you believe that the austerity policies that you are implementing and enforcing in your country in Europe is the right thing to do - you have nothing to fear - so run a referendum to gain the support for your austerity policies.   WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? We the People believe that the Austerity ideology has clearly failed for the middle class, the working class and the poor, who are carrying the burden of all the austerity cuts. In fact, we strongly believe that Austerity is doing exactly what it was designed to do - That is to decimate the Welfare state, to cut and privatize all our public services, reduce wages and working conditions. The very same things that made Europe a shining light in the world - We cared for all of our people. But austerity is ONLY working for the “Elite”, the “bankers” and the “billionaires” who have all increased their wealth and financial control since 2008. Austerity is only here for one single purpose - to privatize the profits and nationalize the debt of each country in the EU. ·         Do you agree with the above statement? ·         Do you want austerity to stop? ·         Do you want a referendum as a tool to enable you to say if you support or not the austerity program in your country? If you said YES to all three questions above, then sign the petition and voice your thoughts on this issue. Thank you The ASMAA Team   PS:If you represent and/or form part of an organization fighting austerity or fighting for human rights, or for environmental rights in your country within Europe - then let's link and collaborate on this issue, because together we can do more. Email us at info (at) asmaa-algarve.org  

ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association
433 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 INFORMACAO NO NOSSO SITE OU NA NOSSA PAGINA DO FB FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/asmaaalgarve/ URL site: http://asmaa-algarve.org ******************************************************************** THE IMPACT THAT THIS WILL HAVE ON OUR BEAUTIFUL COASTLINE IS AS FOLLOWS: 1) Our Algarve wildlife - The Algarve marine environment includes many unique and fragile ecosystems, and is home to many species, including seabirds, shorebirds, whales and dolphins. A deep sea oil disaster will leave our local marine flora and fauna vulnerable to the toxic effects of oil and gas. 2) Our Algarve fishing industry - Commercial fishing rank as one of our most economic mechanisms that needs to be preserved, while recreational fishing is one of the Algarve’s most popular activities. A deep sea oil or gas disaster will directly impact our local fishing industries resulting in both the loss of valuable fish stocks and the loss of industry jobs. 3) Our Algarve tourism industry - The pristine coastlines and unique wildlife of the Algarve attract tens of thousands of international tourists annually, injecting an economic boost into the region. A deep sea oil or gas disaster will have a pivotal role in tourists' decisions to visit the Algarve. 4) Our Algarve recreational water sports – The Algarve offers unparalleled opportunities for ocean sports such as surfing, kayaking, wind surfing, jet skiing, diving and boating. A deep sea oil or gas disaster will invariably impact many local businesses, organisations, and individuals who enjoy the Algarve’s waters. 5) Our Algarve assets - We should be protecting our national assets, not selling them off to be exploited by foreign corporations, or endangering them by oil or gas drilling without adequate safety measures. 6) Our Algarve climate - The climate change impacts of fossil fuels are disastrous. Portugal should be investing in clean energy solutions instead of investing in extracting the last drops of oil from the ends of the earth. We should be climate pioneers not fossil fools.7) Our coastal way of life in the Algarve - This is a fundamental part of living in the Algarve, whether you are Portuguese or an Expat, and we must protect it not only for ourselves, but also for all of our visitors and for future generations. WHAT DO WE WANT?  SAY YES TO ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES - GREEN ENERGY!We propose that both the oil and gas companies look at better and safer alternatives to oil and gas. There are no real excuses to not do so. The technology exists and its becoming more and more cost effective to move to alternatives. We really cannot see any justification to spend money in developing an operation from scratch by focusing on old technologies and processes to meet our energy needs. Instead we believe that those funds could be better applied to develop greener alternatives. So we call on the current oil and gas license holders to rather invest in alternative energy processes - green energy - and we call on the Portuguese government to review, amend or cancel the current contracts and agreements. JOIN US IN OUR CAUSE TO PRESERVE AND MAINTAIN THE ALGARVE COASTLINE MORE INFO ON OUR SITE: WWW.ASMAA-ALGARVE.ORG NOTE: By signing this petition you acknowledge that you are joining ASMAA – The Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association, as a Collaboration Member (Friend of the association), and instruct its management to sit down with the various government bodies and companies involved to reach the appropriate resolutions in line with all the association objectives and goals relating to this cause. As a friend of the association you are not liable for any membership fees, but neither are you entitled to vote. We thank you The ASMAA Team Translations into Portuguese is a courtesy gesture on our part as the official language used by the association is English. ********************************************************************************** O IMPACTO QUE ISSO TERA SOBRE O NOSSO BELO LITORAL E O SEGUINTE:   1) A Natureza do Algarve - O ambiente marinho no Algarve inclui muitos ecossistemas únicos e frágeis, e é o lar de muitas espécies, incluindo aves marinhas, baleias e golfinhos entre elas. Um desastre de petróleo ou gás vai deixar a nossa flora  e a fauna marinha totalmente vulneráveis e ate desfeitos​​aos efeitos tóxicos do petróleo ou do gás. 2) A indústria da pesca no Algarve - A pesca comercial e um dos nossos mecanismos económicos que precisa de ser preservado, enquanto que a pesca desportiva é uma das atividades mais populares do Algarve. Um desastre de petróleo ou de gas no mar irá impactar diretamente nas nossas indústrias de pesca, resultando em perdas de valiosos recursos e tambem a perda de muitos postos de trabalho na indústria. 3) A indústria do turismo do Algarve - As zonas costeiras que são nesta altura ainda imaculadas e a vida selvagem que existe no Algarve atrai dezenas de milhares de turistas por ano, injetando um impulso económico para a região. O perigo de um desastre de petróleo terá um papel negativo na decisão dos turistas visitarem o Algarve. 4) Os desportos aquáticos e recreativos no Algarve - o Algarve oferece oportunidades sem paralelo para desportos marítimos e de atividades de aventura, como o surf, caiaque, windsurf, jet ski, mergulho e passeios de barco entre outros. Um desastre de petróleo ou de gas no mar, invariavelmente vai ter um impacto negativo nas muitas empresas que prestam esses servidos aos nossos turistas e visitantes, e para todas as organizações e indivíduos que gostam da praia, do mar e do sol do Algarve. 5) Bens e Recursos Naturais do Algarve - Devemos estar a proteger os nossos bens e recursos naturais, e não a vendê-los para ser explorados por empresas estrangeiras, ou pôr esses recursos em perigo e assim resultar na perca da nossa sustentabilidade por causa da exploração do petróleo no mar Algarvio sem medidas de segurança adequadas e aseguradas. 6) O clima do Algarve - Os impactos climáticos devido a exploração de petróleo e gás são desastrosos. Portugal deve investir em soluções de energia limpa e ecologica em vez de investir na extração das últimas gotas de petróleo dos confins da terra e do mar. Devemos ser pioneiros na área climática e não "tolos" ou "malucos" fósseis.7) A nossa moda de vida na zona costeira do Algarve - Esta é uma parte fundamental de viver no Algarve, e se é Português ou um Expat, nos temos a responsabilidade de proteger a costa Algarvia, não só para nós próprios e as nossas famílias, mas também para todos os nossos visitantes e turistas, e pensando no bem estar e a sustentabilidade das futuras gerações. JUNTE-SE CONOSCO NESTA CAUSA PARA PRESERVAR E MANTER A NOSSA COSTA ALGARVIA O QUE QUEREMOS? DIZ SIM AS ENERGIAS ALTERNATIVAS! SOLAR, VENTO E ONDASPropomos que as empresas de petróleo e gás desenvolvem alternativas melhores e mais seguras do que a exploração de petróleo e gás. Não há desculpas para não fazê-lo. A tecnologia existe e sua cada vez mais rentável para focar-se nas energias alternativas. MAIS INFORMACAO NO NOSSO SITE WWW.ASMAA-ALGARVE.ORG NOTA: Ao assinar esta petição tome nota que esta a aceitar associar-se com a nossa organização ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association, como um Sócio Colaborador (Amigo da associacao), e que esta a dar em facto um mandato a gerência da associação para proceder para a frente com os objetivos e objetos sociais da associação relativos a esta causa. Socios colaboradores estao exemtos de pagamentos de quotas e joias, mas nao tem direito a votar. A lingua oficial da associação e o Ingles. Tradução foi feita do texto original que esta em Ingles. Erros pode ser comitidos durante a tradução. Com os nossos melhores cumprimentos A equipa da ASMAA

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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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