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Shell to blast the Wild Coast during Whale Migration Season

At a time when world leaders are making promises and decisions to step away from fossil fuels because climate science has shown we cannot burn our existing reserves (let alone drill for more), offshore oil and gas Operation Phakisa is pushing ever harder to get its hands on a local supply of gas. Shell must answer for how the harms done during this survey and any exploration drilling done hereafter are part of its energy transition plan to control global warming.

Below you will see the notice that was placed today( 2 Nov 2021).

Project Reference: 720.19161.00001 File Ref. Shell Transkei Survey Notification Letter 29Oct21

29 October 2021

Dear Sir/Madam,


Notice is hereby given that Shell Exploration and Production South Africa has appointed Shearwater GeoServices to commence with a three-dimensional (3D) seismic survey within its Transkei Exploration Area off the East Coast of South Africa from the earliest on 01 December 2021.

The survey will be undertaken under Exploration Right 12/3/252 and will cover an area of approximately 6 011 km2 located roughly between Port St Johns and Morgans Bay. The survey area is located more than 20 km from the coast at its closest point in water depths ranging between 700 and 3 000 m (refer to locality plan in Attachment A). It is anticipated that the seismic survey would take in the order of four to five months to complete, depending on weather and current conditions.

Under the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, a seismic survey vessel that is engaged in surveying is defined as a “vessel restricted in its ability to manoeuvre”, which requires that power- driven and sailing vessels give way to a vessel restricted in her ability to manoeuvre. Vessels engaged in fishing are kindly requested to, so far as possible, keep out of the way of the seismic operation. Furthermore, under the Marine Traffic Act of 1981, a seismic survey vessel and its seismic array is protected by a 500 m safety exclusion zone.

Capricorn Marine Environmental has been appointed to provide the Fisheries Liaison Officer (FLO), Marine Mammal Observers (MMO) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) services for the duration of the survey. Should you have any queries on the above, or require any further information on the planned survey, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned.

Your sincerely,

Eloise Costandius

SLR Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd Email:

SMS / WhatsApp: 063 900 5536

Notification in the Daily Dispatch 2 Nov 2021

458 thoughts on “Shell to blast the Wild Coast during Whale Migration Season Leave a comment

  1. Please leave our ecosystem as is . Destroying what our Heavenly Father gave us to fill your pockets is a disgrace to humanity.


  2. She’ll, please value our one earth and respect the delicate ecosystems we have. Please do not send the shockwaves into the ocean. I will be watching to see what happens.

    Make the smart and compassionate decision.


  3. Please stop destroying our planet! These precious animals have a purpose just as much as humans. I do not support this destruction. Do better.


    • I’ll never fill up at Shell stations again, and am encouraging all friends and acquaintances to do the same. Were you not recently ordered to reduce your emissions, yet here you are searching for yet more oil, with no regard to the damage you will do to this pristine environment, which by the way belongs us, the people of South Africa…not to the South African politicians… And certainly Not to you!!!!


  4. This is disgusting what they doing to our oceans! All because of Shell and the shareholders greed! I hope they come to their senses and stop this greedy process! Why do they want to kill whatever life we have left on earth? If it carries on like this, there will be nothing left for our generation or the generations to come! I hope this will stopped urgently!


  5. I used to use Shell faithfully because it works the best on my vehicles. However learning of this, I have stopped filling my tanks at Shell. If everyone boycotts your gas then maybe you will think twice about what you are doing to our precious planet.


  6. Ma non stiamo dirottando verso l’uso di un’energia pulita anche con i motori delle auto, che tra qualche anno saranno tutte elettriche?


  7. I would love to see the directors, employees of Shell stand in the line of fire of the air-guns for a day or 2 to see their reaction on the faces and the impact on their bodies


  8. Dovolj ste uničili. Sedaj je čas za obnovo planeta, za vso živo in neživo naravo. Mati Zemlja nam daje dom, hrano in zavetje. Bodimo ji hvaležni in jo ohranimo v njeni lepoti.


    • Helen says:
      You’ve ruined enough. Now is the time to rebuild the planet, for all living and non-living nature. Mother Earth gives us a home, food and shelter. Let us be grateful to her and keep her in her beauty.


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