Opposing Shell, CGG and other Seismic Surveys

The Green Connection’s Who Stole Our Oceans Campaign, is opposing activities that are aimed at finding and exploiting fossil fuels under the seabed, including seismic surveys. Shell has brought the Amazon Warrior to the shores of South Africa to carry out seismic surveys along the biodiversity-rich wild coast, where many coastal communities depend on the ocean for their livelihoods.

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The Green Connection opposes seismic surveys due to their impact on the ocean environment and on the lives of all those who depend on the marine life of the sea for their livelihoods. The Green Connection has submitted a letter to Shell Exploration and Production of South Africa regarding notification of the commencement of 3D Seismic Survey Transkei Exploration Area. In relation to the Environmental Management Programme, final report for Transkei, Used by Shell.

The Green Connection, Eastern Cape Environmental NetworkExtinction Rebellion, Oceans Not OilOcean Impact and environmental activists around South Africa have been mobilizing actions through picketing and protesting against Shell’s Seismic surveys in the wild coast.

Challenges to Shell’s seismic blasting on South Africa’s Wild Coast (December 2021) – https://cer.org.za/virtual-library/case-watch/challenges-to-shells-seismic-blasting-on-south-africas-wild-coast-december-2021

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As part of the Who Stole Our Oceans Campaign, The Green Connection is opposing activities that are aimed at finding and exploiting fossil fuels under the seabed, including seismic surveys.  The Green Connection encourages those who would be environmental defenders to make yourselves aware and take action.

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Close To 200 People Rise At Crack of Dawn to Protest the Arrival of Shell’s Seismic Monster, Amazon Warrior

On Sunday morning, (21 November 2021), before the crack of dawn, nearly 200 concerned environmental defenders took to the Waterfront to get a glimpse of Shell’s seismic testing vessel, Amazon Warrior, as it made its way into Cape Town harbour. The vessel travelled down the West coast of Africa, on its way to the Wild Coast, to conduct seismic surveys for an estimated five (5) months. The Green Connection’s Strategic Lead Liziwe McDaid says, “We were expecting a small contingent of about fifteen (15) or so people to show up to protest against this ship, commissioned by Shell to conduct seismic testing off the Wild Coast, but these numbers, this early on a precious Sunday morning, demonstrates that people are adamant that they want change.” READ MORE
The Green Connection, Eastern Cape Environmental Network, Extinction Rebellion, Oceans Not Oil, Ocean Impact and environmental activists around South Africa have been mobilizing actions through picketing and protesting against Shell’s Seismic CGG surveys in the wild coast.

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The Green Connection has submitted comments into Tosaco application off the west coast – TEPSA off the south coast and will be submitting comments on the CGG seismic survey in the near future.

Additionally, The Green Connection will try to appeal the Shell proposed seismic survey on the east coast. 

In the opposition to object to exploration of oil and gas, The Green Connection is supporting SDCEA in court action to oppose the ENI/SASOL exploration

The Green Connection is working with Cullinan and Associates legal team to support their court actions against Shell.

 

The Green Connection opposes seismic surveys due to their impact on the ocean environment and on the lives of all those who depend on the marine life of the sea for their livelihoods. The Green Connection has submitted a letter to Shell Exploration and Production of South Africa regarding notification of the commencement of 3D Seismic Survey Transkei Exploration Area. In relation to the Environmental Management Programme, final report for Transkei, Used by Shell. On 4 May 2021, the Petroleum Agency SA (PASA) accepted a Reconnaissance Permit Application submitted by CGG Services SAS (CGG) in terms of Section 74 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (No. 28 of 2002; MPRDA). The application provides for the undertaking of a multi-client speculative three dimensional (3D) seismic survey in the Algoa, Gamtoos and Outeniqua Basins off the Southeast Coast of South Africa (see Figure 1).

The proposed survey area would be between 1 000 and 3 500 km2 in extent within a 15 428 km2 identified area of interest. The area of interest is located roughly between Gqeberha (previously Port Elizabeth) and a point approximately 120 km southeast of Plettenberg Bay, ranging between 30 km and 120 km from the coast in water depths between 150 m and 4 000 m.

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