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 Posted: Tue Dec 28th, 2021 11:06 am
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Well done to the legal teams ;) and well done to the communities.. David vs Goliath, again, the corrupt politicians and careless oil company have been stopped in their tracks. The dead breeding stock of poensies and dead whale and dolphins etc.. washing up last week after blasting commenced, with no cold water upwell in sight, should have shut the naysayers up..

https://www.news24.com/fin24/companies/mining/just-in-court-stops-shell-from-wild-coast-exploration-for-now-20211228

"A court has barred Shell from going ahead with seismic blasting on the Wild Coast as part of its exploration for oil and gas, for now. 
The High Court in Makhanda on Tuesday ruled that Shell must halt its activities until a second part of an interdict is heard.
Wild Coast communities lodged an application for an urgent interdict against Shell's exploration in late November. The communities are represented by the Legal Resources Centre and Richard Spoor Attorneys and are joined by two civil society organizations that work in the area.
Shell recently started a seismic survey off the coast between Morgans Bay and Port St Johns, which involves using airguns to send pulses of sound into the water. The information collected from the sound waves bouncing back from the ocean floor will be used by scientists to determine or map out the presence of oil or gas reserves.
The area that will be covered is about 6 000km2.
Concerned parties worry that the seismic survey will interfere with marine life. Many marine animals use sound to navigate, detect food, find mates or avoid predators. Seismic surveys have been shown to damage tissue in marine mammals, cause temporary hearing loss and stress in animals.
'A real threat' 
In his judgement, Judge Gerald Bloem stated that "despite the massive body of expert evidence on the threat to harm to marine life" Shell did not provide any evidence to neutralise the representations made by the applicants.
Bloem further stated that the evidence presented established that "there is real threat that the marine life would be irreparably harmed by the seismic survey."
"In my view, the expert evidence established that there is reasonable apprehension of real harm to marine life."Bloem also found that Shell's attempts to notify local communities of its planned exploration were "inadequate" and that its consultation process with affected communities was "substantially flawed".

"In all the circumstances, it seems to me that the exploration right, which was awarded on the basis of a substantially flawed consultation process, is thus unlawful and invalid," the ruling read.
The court ordered Shell and Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, to pay the applicants' legal costs.
The applicants against Shell include small-scale fishers from the Amadiba, Cwebe, Hobeni, Port Saint Johns and Kei Mouth communities. "
Article copied from News24

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We have been keeping a close eye on this matter.
Great stuff that the court decided to halt the exploration.
We need more and better info before we allow the guys to proceed.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 30th, 2021 06:43 am
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Ja in the previous case the judge said there was not enough evidence, so this time they gave him more than enough..in addition to testimonies by experts and scientific papers this time, they also submitted catch records from the Namibian tuna fisheries, and PE and Hout Bay Ski boat clubs etc..The namibian tuna industry basically shut down for a few years after they blasted offshore there, longfin and others changed their migration routes as a result to too far offshore, only came right after a few years and was well studied, the cape and PE tuna classics both had the worst recorded years in the year after blasting those areas. The chokka industry had the worst year on record after blasting and as my mate who was running a boat, the chokka just disappeared for a few months after the st francis blasting.

And then last week, shoals of dead red eyes, large male poensies, a whale and some dolphins all washed ashore in the mDumbi/coffee bay area immediately after them blasting past there, 20km or so offshore, so imagine what else didn't wash up?!..That dead wildlife is currently, or was, undergoing proper autopsies to be used as further evidence if need be, and if it is the result of the blasting.

Glad the the people still have the courts to protect them...Karoo fracking, seismic blasting (expensive ouch! for shell twice in a row disregarding the people of SA), zupta/nuclear BS, unlawful crop spraying in the Kei with roundup by police/Gov and DEA/USA, arresting people for their choice of plant they decide to smoke or grow as tax paying voting consenting adults in their own space, all these and more injustices stopped in their tracks, and most/all of those I vented my words on this forum beforehand about, all halted through court ruling because some few people decided to stand up for the masses and get together with some lawyers who felt the same way and went fearlessly to go box in court and won. It makes me proud to be a South African, which doesn't happen that often these days.

In SA because of the power of social media combined with the courts, one man/woman can make a difference for the better.

Now if we can just get slot limits made law and enforced!

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