DGRM says Aljezur borehole was well licensed

General Directorate of Natural Resources says the court's decision confirms the legitimacy of the license it granted to Eni/Galp

The General Directorate of Natural Resources, Security and Maritime Services (DGRM) says the recent decision of the Central Administrative Court (TCA) of the South to cancel the suspension of the license to prospect for oil off Aljezur confirms that you acted correctly in the licensing process.

This entity says that the decision, by overturning the decision of the Administrative Court of Loulé, which granted an injunction presented by the Platform Algarve Livre de Petróleo, "was justified in the procedure adopted by the DRGM, when issuing the Title of Private Use of the Maritime Space (TUPEM)».

«The concession contract, relating to prospecting for hydrocarbons in the Santola block, was signed in 2007 by the Portuguese State, through the Ministry of Economy, located 46 kilometers away from the coast. The TUPEM issued by DGRM refers exclusively to the prospecting phase and is a requirement that results from the legal regime of maritime spatial planning", he recalls.

The title granted to Eni/Galp, adds DGRM, "only authorized the use of part of the public maritime domain, without any effect for authorization or licensing of the economic activity in question".

However, the PALP has already gone public to regret and criticize the decision of the TCA, which it accuses of ignoring "the right to the "precautionary principle" provided for in the 2014 Basic Law on the Environment".

The movement against oil prospecting and exploration in the Algarve promises not to give up and says it is "considering the options at the legal level".