Anti-oil campaigners mount new door-to-door offensive

As the region’s mayors have at last come on board over the Algarve’s fight against gas and oil exploration, long-running campaign group ASMAA has announced a new door-to-door offensive to “walk the talk”.

Dubbed “Nem um Furo! Nem Agora, Nem no Futuro!” (Not one well! Not now nor in the Future!) the bid is designed to “gather public support for council mayors in the fight against onshore fracking and offshore oil and gas exploration”.

Launched today, the initiative will take to the streets of the 14 councils directly affected by the “confirmed intent to proceed with planned fossil fuel explorations”.

Explains ASMAA CEO Laurinda Seabra, signature collections will be for two petitions: one “to be exclusively signed by local Portuguese citizens, and the other by expats, foreign investors and visitors to the specific council areas”.

To this end, ASMAA has teamed up with Tavira group Tavira in Transition and is keen to welcome any other civic groups ready to come on board.

The door-to-door initiative is set to run for the next three months, as AMAL – the association of borough councils – has reiterated its total opposition to hydrocarbon exploration in the Algarve.

AMAL’s fury centres not only on the risks posed by prospection licences already emitted but on the government’s complete lack of dialogue or transparency this far.

Said AMAL president Jorge Botelho in a statement earlier this month, councils intend to use “all legal means possible” to see contracts rescinded.

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