The residents of Cape Town will hit the beach on Sunday in protest against Shell’s offshore exploration plan along the Wild Coast.
The multinational announced its plan last week to conduct a seismic survey for oil and Gas start along the South African islands sensitive Wild Coast from December 1st with government approval.
The announcement has sparked widespread public outrage and sparked a petition campaign to discontinue the survey.
Oceans Not Oil, calling itself. represents the voice of the public against offshore oil and gas development, promoted the campaign and is the organizer of the beach walk of the silent protests from Muizenberg Beach to Kalk Bay Harbor.
It is called Operation Phakisa The government is focused on unlocking the economic potential of the oceans of South Africa is driving Shell’s exploration.
The government expects Operation Phakisa to add up to R177 billion to GDP by 2033 and between 800,000 and 1 million direct jobs.
“The ship operated by Shell Exploration and Product” Ion SA’s hirers, Shearwater GeoServices, will systematically pull up to 48 air rifles through 6,011 km² of sea surface for five months firing extremely loud shock wave emissions that penetrate through 3 km of water and 40 km into the earth’s crust below the ocean floor. “Oceans Not Oil said in a statement.
< p> “Lots of marine life could be affected in the coming months – whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, sharks and even crabs and tiny shellfish will be blown up.
” At a time when leaders Make pledges and decisions to move away from fossil fuels … Operation Phakisa is pushing harder to get its hands on a local gas supply. “
More than 136,000 people have petitioned Oceans Not Oil, urging Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, Barbara Creecy to withdraw approval of Shell’s application.
Shell told the Sunday Times last week that it had been following the consultation process, including a series of personal encounters with interested parties and affects ed groups as well as meetings with the environmental authorities of the provinces and traditional authorities. It is said that the government’s environmental permit was granted in 2014.
“In 2020, an environmental impact assessment was carried out by independent specialists to confirm that the controls and mitigation measures … were still sufficient and valid.”
Shell said it had strict controls in place and followed the international best practices of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee’s guidelines for conducting seismic operations.