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‘Monumental victory for the planet’: South African court upholds Shell’s seismic ban

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Environmentalists in South Africa have repeatedly said “no” to Shell’s seismic surveys, which could harm marine animals, including whales and dolphins.

The High Court in Makanda City, South Africa, has confirmed a ban preventing illegal activity. British energy giant Shell From conducting seismic surveys in search of hydrocarbons off the Indian Ocean coast of South Africa.

The court ruled that Shell’s “2014 decision granting rights to oil and gas exploration in the Transcay and Algoa exploration areas will be reviewed and reversed.”

A Shell spokeswoman said the company “[s] It pledged to review the ruling to “determine” the company’s “next steps.”

A spokesperson for the company declined to say whether Shell would appeal the ruling, emphasizing its continued “commitment to South Africa” ​​and its “role in a just energy transition.” .

South Africa’s environment and rights groups welcomed the court’s decision, and the Green Connection organization said in a statement that “civil society, traditional communities and small groups (fishermen) have been reaffirmed by the court”. increase.

Natural Justice Group activist Puven Moodley agreed, emphasizing: environment.

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News outlet Africa News cited South African environmental activists in a joint statement calling the court’s ruling a “monumental victory for the planet”.

The decision came after the McHanda Court issued an interim order in December 2021 barring Shell from proceeding with plans for seismic testing in South Africa.

The Transkei and Algoa regions are part of the country’s so-called ‘Wild Coast’, which stretches for about 300 kilometers (186 miles) along the Indian Ocean and includes several nature reserves and marine reserves.

Environmental campaigners say Shell’s seismic survey project will involve boats equipped with air cannons transmitting powerful sound waves over a range of 6,000 square kilometers (2,300 square miles) every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for five months. was stipulated.

Campaigners claim the seismic tests are having a significant impact on marine species and disrupting marine life activity, but Shell’s attorneys say seismic studies have been conducted for years. and claims that no harm has been recorded.

They also argued that the government considered all factors when giving Shell initial approval to conduct the investigation.



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