/Today’s Latest Daily News News24.com | Shell oil and gas exploration fury spreads to UK
Today’s  Latest Daily  News News24.com | Shell oil and gas exploration fury spreads to UK

Today’s Latest Daily News News24.com | Shell oil and gas exploration fury spreads to UK

Today’s Latest Daily News Today's  Latest Daily  News Hundreds of South Africans took to beaches across the country to protest against Shell's seismic survey.

Hundreds of South Africans took to beaches across the country to protest against Shell’s seismic survey.

  • UK-based Africans gathered outside the South African embassy in London on Sunday to object to Shell’s seismic survey for oil and gas in South Africa.
  • By Sunday, an online petition against Shell’s exploration of the ecologically sensitive Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape had garnered nearly 400 000 signatures. 
  • Fish and other marine creatures, including endangered species, may die when Shearwater GeoServices uses a high-powered airgun to blast the sea floor every 10 seconds for five months. 

Thecountrywide protests aimed at stopping energy giants Shell from blasting theocean floor off South Africa’secologically sensitive East Coast in search of oil and gas have spread to the UK.  

A groupof 100 Africans in the UK converged outside the South African High Commissionin Trafalgar Square on Sunday to fight what they called “the harsh punishment of Africans”.

In SouthAfrica, protesters took to various shorelines, including Hout Bay and MuizenbergCape Town, Eastern Cape’s NahoonBeach in East London, and Mbizana’sMzamba Beach in the former Transkei to object to Shell’s seismic survey on theWild Coast.  

By Sunday,an online petition against the survey had collected 396 000 signatures whiletwo groups had launched urgent High Court interdicts to blockShell.  

READ Shell blasted: Public outragemounting over seismic survey on Wild Coast

However,one application has gone unsuccessful while the High Court in Makhanda stillneeds to decide on the latest one launched late last week. 

In theUK, the hashtag #stoppunishingafrica demonstration was organised to opposeShell’s seismic survey as wellas to reject perceived vaccine apartheid and international travel bans imposedon most African countries in light of the Covid-19 Omicron variant. 

Theorganisers of the UK protest said Shell’s seismic exploration in the marineprotected areas would result in a complete marine ecosystem collapse whichwould have disastrous effects on marine biodiversity and local indigenouscommunities, their livelihoods and tourism for the region.

The protesters said: 

We demand Shell halts operations immediately, failing to do so will result in a citizen’s legal action that we are preparing to file in the UK and European courts to stop Shell. We are also aware that there are plans to split Shell into two companies and rebrand the oil and gas exploration so that Shell can continue to destroy the Earth whilst greenwashing the British public into believing that they are investing in green energy.

Theorganisers of the UK protest are Africans Hayley Reichert, Paris Oomadath andKate Swart.

Hayleyand Paris were born in KwaZulu-Natal and Kate in Pembrokeshire, Wales, but spentmost of her life living in the Xhosa villages of the Wild Coast. 

ALSOREAD This too Shell pass – fight tostop Wild Coast seismic survey is not over

Theoutrage comes after Shell announced it will begin blasting the seafloor of theunspoilt Wild Coast – from Morgans Bay outside East London all the way to PortSt Johns – in search of gas and oil deposits.

Itappointed Shearwater GeoServices to conduct a three-dimensional (3D) offshoreseismic survey from Morgans Bay to Port St Johns to map potential oil and gasdeposits under the seabed. 

Shell Exploration and Production South Africa said it anticipated theseismic survey would take four to five months to complete, depending on weatherand current conditions.

Today's  Latest Daily  News shell

Africans in United Kingdom demonstrated outside South African High Commission offices in Trafalgar Square.

News24 Supplied

Today's  Latest Daily  News shell

Africans in United Kingdom demonstrated outside South African High Commission offices in Trafalgar Square.

News24 Supplied

Thesurvey area is more than 20km from the coast at its closest point, with waterdepths ranging from 700 to 3 000m, and it covers 6 011 square kilometres.

Fish andother marine creatures, including endangered species, may die when ShearwaterGeoServices uses a high-powered airgun to blast the sea floor every 10seconds. 

The soundwaves can reportedly penetrate more than 1 000m into the earth. 

Environmental,ordinary people and businesses have raised concerns that the blasts will affectsea life – including whales, dolphins, sharks, penguins, and crabs.

Read More