Dr. José Bota, Managing Director of the Vale do Lobo Group of companies, who is presently campaigning against POOC's proposals, told THE NEWS late Wednesday that he refused to believe that the government had granted oil exploration rights.He
said: "This is the first I have heard of it.
called for the entire political and economic forces in the Algarve to unite in a concerted effort to overthrow any attempts by the government to turn the region into what he
described would become "a gigantic drilling field."He
claimed that tourism represents the country's principle industry and for the government to even consider putting it at risk was "astonishing".