What is this campaign about?

The maths is clear: the existing fossil fuel infrastructures are more than enough to push us into runaway climate change.

However, ENI and GALP want to start a brand new fossil fuel drilling project in the Atlantic coast.

This project was authorized by the Portuguese government against the explicit opposition of the local populations and local politicians, without any environmental impact assessment, and at a moment when world temperatures are breaking record after record.

The drill that ENI and GALP want to make a test to the Portuguese society.

What we will do today will echo to the future.

If this event goes unnoticed, the government and the fossil fuel industry would interpret is a green light for all the other projects onshore and offshore.

But if instead popular opposition is strong, visible and bold, we would start a public dispute against this corrupt process that delivered the soil and the ocean to the corporations on black friday prices.

Here’s the plan:

If and when the ENI/GALP consortium decides to go forward with the drilling project, we will call for emergency actions all across the country. To stop the drill:

  • Organize your action team and plan your action.
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What can I do?

We will keep this site up-to-date. At strategic moments, we will organize open assemblies. If and when the ENI/GALP consortium decides to go forward with the drilling project, we will call for emergency actions all across the country. To stop the drill:

Iremos manter este site atualizado. No momento mais estratégico, iremos convocar uma assembleia aberta. Se e quando a ENI/GALP decidir avançar com a perfuração, iremos convocar ações de emergência por todo o país. Para parar o furo:

  • Organize your action team and plan your action, then add it to the action map.
  • To get more information about the actions, subscribe to the newsletter.
  • Spread the word. To stop this drill, we need everyone.

Who are we?

This website was launched by Climáximo, but the majority of the actions we will list here are organized by ordinary people all across the country and supported by various collectives and organizations.

As admins of the site, we make a special effort to apply the free publication principle, while avoiding commercial spam.

Context

In 2015 there were a total of 15 areas contracted for fossil fuel projects in Portugal, and various local groups and movements emerged to fight against these projects.

By 2016 everyone was talking about oil exploration in Algarve, as local population and politicians supporting the social movement. This anti-oil movement launched a mass petition campaign that practically blocked the public consultation process of the Aljezur drill (by ENI/GALP consortium). Meanwhile, the struggle spread from Algarve to Alentejo coast and further north to Peniche, with new local groups organizing against oil and gas extraction in Portugal. In December 2016, Portfuel’s onshore contract in Algarve was cancelled.

In March 2017, all the offshore contracts south of Algarve (belonging to Repsol/Gulbenkian) were also cancelled. The ENI/GALP consortium continued its plans to drill in Aljezur and was blocked by precautionary measures filed by local governments. The ENI/GALP contract was to expire by the end of 2017. (In the meanwhile, the offshore contracts in Peniche also disappeared from official maps.) The onshore contract in Batalha/Pombal is still active, with its first drill set for 2019.

 

During November 2017, a (non-binding) public consultation process to municipalities of Algarve resulted in unanimous opposition of all the local politicians. Then in December 2017, the Parliament approved “the suspension of all fossil fuel exploration activities in Aljezur, until the finalization and public discussion of the environmental impact assessment and the impacts on other economic activities”. But the next month, in January 2018 , the government extended the deadline of the ENI/GALP contract for one more year. This decision is the formalization of “a declaration of war to Algarve“, quoting the press conference organized by social movements and mayors. Right afterwards, because of another precautionary measure, filed by PALP (and in September 2017 lifted by the Minister of Oceans and the Minister of Economy), the drill seems to be suspended until May. Then, more recently, the Portuguese Environment Agency decided that it was not necessary to have an environmental impact assessment process to start the operation.

These are unprecedented times where an expired contract to extract fossil fuels, with activities suspended by parliament decision, and to which all mayors actively oppose, coupled with massive social opposition, still produces political discussion as to whether the drill would happen.

This is climate crisis translated into a crisis of democracy. In a mentally healthy society, we would be discussing the practical details of how to manage a just energy transition. To be able to do exactly that, we must stop this drill.