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offshore drilling

7 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to 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
1,395 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Representantes 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
3,693 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Elon Musk

Select Portugal for Tesla’s New GigaFactory: Open Letter to Elon Musk

In view of the fight against offshore and onshore oil and gas drilling, I have written an open letter to Elon Musk, CEO and founder of Tesla Motors and its innovating technologies. I am inviting you to co-sign my letter which I intend sending to him early in the new year. If we can convince Elon Musk to locate his new Tesla Giga Factory in Portugal, it will greatly assist all of us in our fight against oil and gas drilling. Currently we are competing with Spain (they already have a petition with over 25,000 signatures), I am of the opinion that we can do better than that. We are also competing with not only Spain, but also with France, Holland and some Eastern Block countries. Join me if you agree to the letter by co-signing your name in the petition.   LETTER Elon Reeve MuskCEOTesla Motors (Headquarters)3500 Deer Creek RoadPalo Alto, CA 94304United States of America   Dear Elon Musk Today I’m writing to you as a fellow South African and as the CEO of the Portuguese Association - ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association (The first association that brought awareness about offshore and onshore oil & gas drilling risks and has been continuously and actively involved at grass-roots in the Algarve). I am a Luso-South African now living in the beautiful Portuguese region of the Algarve, but I am also a grandmother, an eco-technology lover, an environmentalist, an ex-South African oil industry senior technical project manager turned anti-fossil fuels activist - that has been successfully fighting proposed onshore and offshore oil and gas drilling projects in the Algarve (south of Portugal) for the past 5 years. I have been following your clean energy projects for years, and am fascinated and awestruck by your SolarCity, Tesla, Open AI and SpaceX projects, so it is understandable that in view of your latest planned expansion into Europe that I personally would love to see your Tesla Giga Factory located within Portuguese borders. I truly believe that Portugal offers a perfect choice of locations for your proposed new Tesla Giga-factory - in fact you are spoiled for choices – personally, I recommend that you assess both the Alentejo and the Algarve regions before reaching a decision. But there are many more reasons than just location, as to why Portugal is the perfect choice in my humble opinion. Here are some of them: Portugal features several world-class seaports with extensive experience and infrastructure to export cars to Europe and elsewhere, as well as international airports in Lisbon (central), Porto (north), Faro (Algarve) and Beja (Alentejo). Opportunity for Tesla to supplement the Portuguese electricity grid. About 50% electricity consumption in Portugal comes from renewable sources. Tesla will be well positioned to resell or to stock hold extra capacity in the national grid. It has a mature automotive supply chain, which according to the Car Manufacturers Association of Portugal (AFIA) in 2015 had over 200 active automotive part suppliers in Portugal, from plastic mold manufacturers to electronics and cabling, led by companies such as Continental, Delphi, Visteon, Renault, Nissan and Bosch. The Algarve sunny weather offers over 300 days of sunshine per year. This means that our country and the Algarve region specially, is one of the best locations for solar energy generation in the entire European Union – one of the key selection criteria for the Tesla Giga factory. Regarding manpower resources, Portugal has extensive technical skills and competencies, with over 20.000 engineering and science graduates/year, and over 100.000 students in professional trades training schools, not to mention that it also has the cheapest labour costs in Western Europe. Portugal has an especially good and business friendly environment for large innovation projects. In fact, the Portuguese government is keen to transform Portugal into a high-tech heaven for startups and high-tech companies and is busy implementing farsighted policies such as those required to support the development of self-driving cars, drones and robotics. Portugal also has the 5th biggest lithium reserves in the World and is the leader producing country in the EU according to United States Geological Survey research published in 2015. Resulting that as Europe’s biggest producer –  Tesla can rely on a speedy and continuous supply of critical raw materials. The above list is not exhaustive, I invite you to ask any questions or to request further information which we will gladly provide. We invite you and your team to engage with us, and with other think alike colleagues spread all over Portugal that are as excited as I am about your projects. Finally, I want you to know that should your decision be favourable to Portugal, and you do decide to located Tesla’s Giga Factory here in our country, that it will greatly assist us in our fight against the old fossil fuel industry and its pursue to turn Portugal into a polluting oil and gas country at this dying stage of the fossil fuel industry. Another great motivation, in my opinion. As an anti-fossil fuels activist, concerned grandmother and nature lover- supported by all that have co-signed this open letter to you - I believe that we all have a joint responsibility to preserve our planet for future generations, and that locating Tesla’s Giga Factory in Portugal will greatly assist in reaching our goals. I’m counting on you to help us meet this vision. We all are! Kind regards and best wishes from Portugal Laurinda SeabraASMAA CEO   Links: ASMAA'S Facebook Group Page: ASMAA Main Facebook group ASMAA website URL: http://asmaa-algarve.org Women living in Portugal ask Elon Musk to bring Tesla's Giga Factory to Portugal: Facebook dedicated group    

ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association
3,032 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to European Parliament

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

ASMAA DEMANDS THE RESIGNATION OF MINISTER OF THE SEA http://algarvedailynews.com/news/11274-minister-of-the-sea-lied-to-parliament ASMAA EXIGE A DEMISSÃO DA MINISTRA DO MAR http://www.asmaa-algarve.org/en/news/press-room/a-asmaa-exige-a-demissao-da-ministra-do-mar ********************************************************************** 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 ************************************************************************ ONE PETITION IS ALREADY IN THE PORTUGUESE PARLIAMENT - against the first well being drilled in the Alentejo Basin by Galp/ENI in the offshore of Aljezur (Algarve) - video of first audience (meeting in Portuguese parliament is in Portuguese) ... but actions in past few months clearly ilustrate that we have to take this matter to Brussels to the EU. This is ONLY one of 9 concessions in the Algarve and one in 15 in Portugal. A luta continua! Not ONE Well! Not NOW ... Not IN the Future! The ASMAA Team *************************************************************************** UMA PETIÇÃO ESTÁ JÁ NESTE MOMENTO A SER AVALIADA NO PARLAMENTO PORTUGUÊS. Pode ouvir no video o que se passou. Mas a petição em audiência na Assembleia da República neste momento contra o primeiro furo (Galp/ENI) é só contra um dos 9 contractos neste momento activos no Algarve e um dos quinze em Portugal. Com o que se tem passado, não temos duvidas de que estamos a caminhar para chegar a Brusselas e a caminho do parlamento Europeu. A luta continua! Nem UM Furo! Nem AGORA ... Nem NO Futuro! A equipa da ASMAA

ASMAA - Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association
21,165 supporters