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Shell protests continue across South Africa

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Shell protests continue across South Africa

By Nicola Daniels: Dec 6, 2021

CAPE TOWN – While environmentalists lost their urgent application in the Makhanda High Court to stop Shell from starting its seismic survey on Friday, activists are still expressing their opposition to the operation, with protests held in various coastal areas.

Protesters gathered at Central Beach in Plettenberg Bay and at Surfers Corner in Muizenberg on Sunday.

The seismic survey is scheduled to last for about four months, targeting a specific area within the Exploration License Area on the Wild Coast where it is believed there may be potential oil or gas deposits beneath the ground surface.

Protester Julie Anderson said: “We have to show support for those fighting the good fight on behalf of the oceans, to put a stop to seismic surveys and all future fossil fuel extensions from the ocean and desert.

“We call on all big oil companies to create a sustainable solution that won’t harm our environment. Clean up the plastics in our oceans and find a way to turn that into energy, we cannot afford another oil rig to be extracting oil and gas. Find another way to create energy.”

Four environmental and human rights organisations had filed an urgent interim interdict against Shell to prevent the petroleum giant from commencing, citing harmful impact on marine life and in turn local communities.

However Acting Judge Justice Govindjee concluded on Friday that the applicants had failed to convince him that there was a reasonable apprehension of “irreparable harm” if the interdict was not granted and that given financial and other prejudice to Shell if the seismic surveys were delayed, the “balance of convenience” was in Shell’s favour.

He dismissed the application with costs, including the costs of two counsel.

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