The Plataforma Algarve Livre de Petróleo (Algarve Free of Petroleum Platform) is a movement created in March 2015 by a group of citizen and entities. The PALP has been receiving the support of various entities since its creation but is still open to the collaboration of other citizens and entities who wish to join in the defence of a sustainable Algarve and who are against petroleum exploration in this region.
The propose of this platform is to:
- break the silence and political secrecy about petroleum exploration on a governmental, regional and local scale;
- alert the population of the inherent risks of this type of exploration in the Algarve coast;
- incentivise the public debate of the exploration's impact on the Algarve region;
- demand a study about the social, economical and environmental impact of petroleum exploration;
- pressure the government to publish the contract it has/will have with the companies of petroleum exploration.
The map on the right shows all the areas available for oil production.
Hydraulic fracturing involves cracking rock formations by pumping fluid into wells at high pressure, forcing oil or gas out of the rock. It’s also known as hydrofracking and fracing, and, most commonly, fracking
Environmental impacts that could occur, include air pollution, discharge waste water with toxins dangerous for human and ecosystem health, release of CO2 and CH4,, and spills that can cause great environmental damage.
Not green at all, several reports suggest that the methane released by fracking and drilling makes it worse than coal.
It can. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) re-injecting wastewater into fracking wells can cause earthquakes that are usually small but that can be large enough to be felt and may cause damage.
In just a few decades the PORTUGAL could eliminate fossil fuels and rely 100 percent on clean, renewable energy. That’s the bold vision of Mark Jacobson, a Stanford engineering professor who has produced coutry-by-country road map of how the word could wean itself from coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear power.
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