Lawyers representing four environmental and human rights organisations say their clients will continue to put pressure on government and fossil fuel company Shell until the proposed seismic tests are halted.
The lawyers have confirmed that they have filed an urgent interdict to stop Shell from embarking on its planned seismic testing off the Wild Coast in KwaZulu-Natal. The five-month project was due to begin on Wednesday.
The matter will be heard in the Eastern Cape Division of the Grahamstown High Court on Wednesday afternoon.
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Environmental advocacy group Green Connection has handed over a letter of objections and comments to the consulting firm representing the petroleum giant.
“We have written a letter to Minister Mantashe and to Minister Creecy asking them to suspend that permit and then went to SLR, the company who are the consultants for shell and we handed over a copy of that letter that we sent to the minister and said can we please give it to shell. And then what we’ve also done is handed over the comments on the CGG seismic survey which is taking place in a similar area, we handed a copy of that also to give to Shell because that clearly shows there is harm,” says Liz McDaid, Green Connection Strategic Lead.
Environmental groups are up in arms over oil giant Shell’s plan on the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast: