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Parliamentary questions
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28 November 2019
P-004102/2019
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Nuno Melo
 Subject: Projected mineral prospection around Lagoa Salgada

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The area around Lake Salgada covers 10 700 hectares of land, encompassing the municipalities of Grândola, Alcácer do Sal and Ferreira do Alentejo, as well as forestland with centuries-old trees, including thousands of cork-oaks, which are protected under Portuguese law.

The Redcorp consortium - Empreendimentos Mineiros and EDM - Empresa de Desenvolvimento Mineiros, which holds a Portuguese Government concession for the prospection and exploration of copper, lead, zinc, gold, silver, tin and other metallic mineral deposits, is now seeking to invest in prospecting activities in the Lagoa Salgada area;

The project, which is still awaiting the outcome of the environmental impact assessment, would create problems arising from the risks to air and water quality and the high noise levels resulting.

It might also lower surrounding groundwater levels and affect water courses, seriously jeopardising the survival of cork-oaks and other trees. Local farmers are expressing alarm at its possible environmental and public health implications.

In view of this:

Is the Commission aware of the Lagoa Salgada mineral exploration project?

What is it’s assessment of the project in view of its massive environmental implications?

Original language of question: PT
Last updated: 2 December 2019Legal notice