Court Denies Interdict To Stop Shell Seismic Survey

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Judge Avinash Govindjee on Friday denied the urgent interdict sought by four groups opposed to Shell’s seismic survey in search of oil and gas on the Wild Coast.

Shell, which already has relevant permission from government authorities to carry out the seismic survey, had planned to begin operations this week.

However, four entities – the Border Deep Sea Angling Association, Kei Mouth Ski Boat Club, Natural Justice, and Greenpeace Africa – sought the urgent interdict from the Makhanda High Court to stop Shell from carrying out the seismic survey.

The entities warned of possible harm to the environment and destruction of sea creatures, however, the court ruled in favour of Shell.

Green Connection said it was “disappointed with the verdict in Makanda High Court which allows Shell to continue with seismic surveys. We will not lose hope and will continue to stand up for environmental justice.”

Another interdict application launched by Wild Coast residents seeking to stop the seismic survey on grounds that Shell failed to conduct an environmental impact assessment will be heard on the 14 of December.

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane is on record as backing Shell’s project.

The Amazon Warrior survey ship is already in the vicinity and ready to begin operations.