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Shell’s seismic survey: the battle rages on

The battle over Shell’s Wild Coast plans continues. Despite efforts from environmental activists, energy company Shell is going ahead with its seismic survey along the Eastern Cape coast.  The survey, which seeks to detect and extract oil in the mineral-rich area, uses sound waves that could potentially harm marine life – especially whales and dolphins which rely on acoustics to communicate. Shell says it will conduct the survey with minimal harm.

We told you that environmental lawyers and human rights organisations filed an urgent interdict at the eleventh hour to stop the survey from going ahead at the start of the month. That put a temporary spanner in the works, but the court dismissed the application, saying the effects the organisations warned of were “speculative at best”. 😏 But environmentalists are not backing down; supported by community members, environmentalists and marine experts, they’re headed to the Makhanda High Court this Friday, to try and halt the five-month survey.

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 15 December 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.