Jan 25, 2022

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SA activists halt Shell offshore seismic survey

South African civil society has halted a planned intensive offshore seismic survey of the country’s southeastern coast by the oil giant Shell.

Activists had unsuccessfully claimed in a separate court case that the process of sound waves being fired into the Penetrating the seabed to map potential oil and gas reserves would do “irreparable damage”.

On Tuesday last week, a Supreme Court ruled in favor of a ban on ending the Shell survey amid a growing consumer boycott from gas stations, sell Shell petroleum products.

The second court ruling against the survey was primarily the result of evidence from a large panel of leading oceanographers showing that the seismic survey along South Africa’s famous Wild Coast “result” the ecology the investigated coastline permanently damaged “.

The investigation had the potential to be significant oil and natural gas reserves, while ecologists and oceanographers feared that they would harm dolphins, whales and many others their marine life, which endangers the entire coastal ecosystem.

The court ordered an immediate stop, whereby the Oil giant and South African minerals minister were sentenced to pay the costs.

The second attempt by civil society groups to stop the survey succeeded in part because of strong scientific arguments and because environmental impact assessments and local community consultations either failed were carried out or were completely inadequate.

This means that Shell’s approval from The Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy could also be legally challenged.

The effects on South Africa go deep. < / p>

On the one hand, a significant gas and oil discovery in relatively shallow water on the continental shelf would be an e normal boost to the ailing economy of this country.

On the flip side, there is likely negative impact on marine life and ecology, particularly humpback whales that migrate along this coast, most likely injured, killed or disoriented by the soni c “attack” they would endure in an important habitat.