“DGEG informs that the period of 30 working days for public participation, within the scope of Notice nº 5628/2020, of 10-03-2020, published in the DR 2nd series of 02-04-2020, is suspended during the period in which the State of Emergency lasts, counting from the date of the end of that period”, read an informative highlight published on the official website of DGEG on the internet, placed next to the notice regarding the request to conclude the contract.
This decision comes after, on 2 April, the notice was made public that the company PANN, Consultores de Geociência, Lda, had requested the execution of a deposit exploration concession contract was published in Diário da República for minerals of lithium, tin, tantalum, niobium, tungsten, rubidium, copper, lead, zinc, gold, silver, cesium, scandium, rare earths and pyrites, for an area called “Argemela”, located in the parishes of Coutada and Barco, do Covilhã, and in the parishes of Silvares and Lavacolhos, in the municipality of Fundão, Castelo Branco district.
The request covers an area of 403.7 hectares and stems from a 2017 notice, and the notification published on 2 April stated that interested parties must submit “substantiated complaints” within 30 days from the date of publication of the notice.
The association Guardiões da Serra da Estrela considered, in a statement, that the “sense of opportunity” of the publication of that notice omits the “true justification of the same”, which, they say, is directly related to the fact of the deadline for the delivery of the Study of Environmental Impact, as part of the Environmental Assessment, expired on 7 February.