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New law ‘marks and end to Algarve oil and gas exploration,’ says Aljezur mayor

octopus2The mayor of Aljezur is calling it a victory against oil exploration, claiming that Thursday, August 3rd, was “a particularly happy day” because Portugal’s president has signed the new law that provides for local councils to be ‘consulted in the administrative procedures concerning oil exploration.’

Mayor José Amarelinho believes that this decision is “another victory” for all those who oppose the proposed oil and gas industry in the Algarve region. In his optimistic opinion, despite local mayors’ views not being binding, Amarelinho believes that a negative local opinion “will not be overruled by any Government.”


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