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NO SEISMIC BLASTING ALONG OUR COASTLINE! Join us in saying NO to Searcher Seismic at their “public participation” events. 25 July 2022 – 30 July 2022

Join us in saying NO to Searcher Seismic at their “public participation” events. Bring banners, placards and your friends. We need all hands on deck.

NOTIFICATION REGARDING OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THE PROPOSED SEARCHER SEISMIC SURVEY BASIC ASSESSMENT PROJECT LOCATED OFFSHORE EXTENDING FROM APPROXIMATELY 256KM OFFSHORE OF ST HELENA BAY TO 220KM OFFSHORE OF HONDEKLIP BAY, OFF THE WEST COAST, SOUTH AFRICA

Public Meetings
Hout Bay Public Library, Monday 25 July 2022 at 16:00 – 18:00

Cape Town Sea Point Civic Centre, Tuesday 26 July 2022 at 16:00 – 18:00

Saldanha Hoedjies Bay Hotel, Wednesday 27 July* 2022 at 16:00 – 18:00

Lamberts Bay Community Hall, Thursday 28 July 2022 at 16:00 – 18:00

Hondeklip Bay Eric Baker Hall, Friday 29 July 2022 at 17:00 – 19:00

Port Nolloth Municipal Hall, Saturday 30 July 2022 at 10:00 – 12:00

Check out our events page for more details on the public participation events near you. Link: https://facebook.com/oceansnotoilSouthAfrica/events/

For further information please do not hesitate to contact Environmental Impact Management Services (Pty) Ltd at the details below:

Contact Person: Qaphela Magaqa

EIMS Reference Number: 1518

Postal Address: P.O. Box 2083; Pinegowrie; 2123

Telephone: (011) 789 7170/ Fax: (086) 571 9047

E-mail: searcher@eims.co.za

Please include the project reference number 1518 in all correspondence


MASS ACTION against IMPACT & SHELL over WILD COAST seismic blasting
Boycotts, March + Protests, 27 May 2022 – 1 June 2022

27 May

9am – 11 am
Beaufort West
Total Garage – Warren 060 3654700

28 May

8am
St Helena Bay Beach – Priscilla 073 9948156

9am – 2pm
Xolobeni
Mnyameni Beach- Nonhle 073 4262955

11am
Cape Town
Southern Sun Waterfront
1 Lower Buitengracht St – Liziwe 082 7315643

11am – 1pm
Knysna
Kathy’s Park – Fredericks 071 5275751

12pm – 2 pm
Gqeberha
New Brighton beach – Vuyiseka 082 2553503

12pm 
Sodwana
Mabibi Beach – Sikhulile 066 3969264

2pm
Port Nolloth Beach – Walter 084 0875199

30 May 

8am 
Gqeberha
March to High Court
Meet at Donkin Reserve
Walk down Athol Fugard Terrace, right into Bird Street – Bulelwa 063 1199060

8:30am
Durban Venues:

  • SAPREF (Prospecton) – Mvuzo 078 391 7335 (mvuzo@sdceango.co.za)
  • Beachfront (North Beach) – Cassandra 082 710 8320 (cassandra@sdceango.co.za
  • Various Shell Garages in Durban and surrounds – Desiree – 065 850 2722
  • Mthunzini / Richards Bay – Tanica – 074 827 7550 (tanica@sdceango.co.za
  • Amanzimtoti – JP – 082 561 5321

30 May – 1 June 

Gqeberha (PE), 
Protest Outside Court House
Bird Street.

Environmental activists and concerned citizens will gather at the Southern Sun Waterfront, 1 Lower Buitengracht St, on Saturday, 28 May, at 11am, to protest against Shell and its black economic empowerment partner (BEE) Impact Africa Ltd’s planned seismic survey off our Wild Coast.

The protest is taking place at the Southern Sun because its majority shareholder Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI) owns 49% in UK-based private oil and gas firm Impact Oil and Gas, which in turn holds a 50% stake in the Wild Coast offshore blocks through its subsidiary Impact Africa Ltd. The remaining 50% stake is owned by Shell.

From 30 May to 1 June, the South African High Court will deliberate whether to permanently revoke the right of Shell and Impact Africa to explore for oil and gas off the Wild Coast. This comes after the court on 28 December 2021 ordered them to halt their seismic survey in one of South Africa’s biodiversity hotspots.

The ruling in December was a major victory for South African environmental activists and small-scale fishing communities. The judge found that the firms had failed to undertake meaningful public consultation or an adequate environmental impact assessment. He ruled that there was a real threat of irreparable harm to marine life and a negative impact on small-scale fishers’ livelihoods.

But the court interdict is only temporary – the oil firms still have the licence to explore and exploit our beautifully pristine Wild Coast, which is home to many endangered and protected marine species as well as four Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

A growing body of scientific evidence has shown that seismic surveys can cause immediate and long-term harm to marine mammals such as whales and dolphins, which rely on sound to navigate, communicate, feed and breed. It also kills plankton, which forms the basis of the food chain on which all marine life depends. So unsurprisingly, seismic surveys have been linked to decreased sightings of marine life and lower commercial fishing catch rates.

ANC politicians argue that finding gas resources off-shore will ensure energy security, create jobs and boost the economy. But the truth is that the ANC government is deeply vested in Shell’s planned survey and exploration. Its investment arm, the Batho Batho Trust, owns a 47% stake in the Thebe Investment Corporation, which in turn owns 28% of Shell Downstream SA.

A R2 million donation to Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 presidential campaign by HCI’s CEO Johnny Copelyn, who also is a non-executive chairman of Impact Oil and Gas, represents another conflict of interest.

Currently, almost the entire area of South Africa’s offshore territory is under lease for oil and gas exploration. But while the South African government’s Operation Phakisa is pushing ever harder to secure domestic gas supplies, the country’s main trading partners are moving away from fossil fuels. Soon South Africa will face economic penalties from Western economies in the form of carbon border taxes, which will make its exports uncompetitive. In May 2021, the International Energy Agency (IEA) concluded that fossil fuel exploration must end and that no new natural gas fields were needed beyond those already under development.

Impact and Shell say that their offshore exploration and extraction activities will create permanent employment opportunities for South African citizens. But this is an empty promise – most of the profits will be syphoned off by foreign investors, leaving Wild Coast residents with a ruined marine ecosystem and even fewer jobs.

The government’s free licence to oil and gas firms to exploit our oceans undermines its Paris climate agreement commitments. It also contradicts its pledge at the UN Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow to accelerate its transition to a low-carbon economy in return for R131bn ($8.5bn) in climate funding.

South Africa is warming twice as fast as the global average. If the government – and our energy minister Gwede Mantashe – really were committed to a Just Energy Transition, they would encourage renewables uptake rather than increase South Africa’s reliance on fossil fuels.

Impact Oil’s major shareholder HCI and Copelyn know that the burning of fossil fuels extracted from South Africa’s oceans will harm the country’s tourism industry and environment, and accelerate climate change, which threatens the planet and humanity’s very survival.

KwaZulu-Natal and the tourist city of Durban’s devastating floods in April, in which nearly 500 died and more than 40,000 were left homeless, was a stark warning of the catastrophic consequences of climate change that South Africa faces if we refuse to wean ourselves off fossil fuels.

We call on Copelyn as a former labour union general secretary to heed the plight of the poor and the working class by committing to help shift South Africa to a Just Energy Transition, which will empower grassroots communities through the creation of green jobs and access to renewable energy.

At the start of this week, Shell consultant Caroline Dennett resigned from Shell in a dramatic, public outing of “Shell’s double talk on climate” and “the extreme harms” that its continued oil and gas extraction will have on the environment. We call on Copelyn to emulate Caroline’s courage and abandon plans to plunder the Wild Coast Ocean for profit.

The very next day, the Shell shareholder AGM was disrupted by activists in London for two hours. Fossil fuel firms increasingly face the wrath of ordinary citizens worldwide over their corporate greed and environmental destruction.

We stand with these and other activists to call for an end to fossil fuel extraction. We urge Cyril Ramaphosa, Gwede Mantashe and Johnny Copelyn to heed the words of the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, on 4 April 2022.

“Climate activists are sometimes depicted as dangerous radicals. But, the truly dangerous radicals are the countries that are increasing the production of fossil fuels.”

SUPPORTING ORGANISATIONS:

– African Climate Alliance
– Eastern Cape Environmental Network
– Extinction Rebellion
– Green Connection
– Greenpeace Cape Town Volunteers
– Greenpeace Durban
– Oceaneers
– Oceans Not Oil
– South Durban Community Environmental Alliance
– Sustaining The Wild Coast

Elaine Mills (Greenpeace Cape Town Volunteers): +27 66 485 9785
Cassi Goodman (Extinction Rebellion Cape Town): +27 83 276 7596
Janet Solomon (Oceans Not Oil): +27 789 1067
Sinegugu Zukulu (Sustaining The Wild Coast): +72 428 5109
Margie Pretorius Sustaining (Sustaining The Wild Coast): +82 873 9053


Join the Global Coastline Rebellion!
Resist Gas and Oil – Paddle Out. Sunday, 10:00 6 Feb 2022

Eastern Cape:

Gqeberha – Kings Beach

Jeffrey-s Bay – Main Beach

Nahoon Corner

Chintsa East Beach

Western Cape:

Strand – Pipe

Muizenberg – Surfers Corners

Big Bay Main Beach

Mossel Bay – Dias Beach

KZN 4th 8:00:

Cuttings Beach

Oceans Not Oil National coastal protest 4- 6 Feb 2022

Once again ordinary South Africans are coming out in their numbers all over the coastline in solidarity with a growing network of affected small-scale fishers and indigenous communities, environmental justice organisations, ocean and climate activists to demand the halting of oil and gas development in our oceans.

On Monday (7th Feb) the application to halt the West Coast seismic survey by Searcher Geodata UK Limited (Searcher) will be heard in the Cape Town High Court. Their permit area is enormous, encompassing 297 089 km2 located offshore between the South African/Namibian border and Cape Agulhas. The west coast fishing communities have contested the way in which the permit was issued by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and the Petroleum Agency of South Africa, saying that they were not consulted and have a deep, vested interest in preserving the natural environment of the west coast, which is the source of their livelihoods.

The Shell survey, and now the Searcher survey, required no Environmental Authorisation when applying for a Reconnaissance Permit when they were submitted. Both applications have simply produced an Environmental Management Plan (EMP). Searcher has applied for a Reconnaissance Permit in terms of Section 74, specifically, of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (No. 28 of 2002) (MPRDA) thus differing importantly in that they do not have to do a full EIA in terms of National Environmental Management Act for their permit

Marine scientists Drs. Jean Harris, Jennifer Olbers and Kendyl Wright state in their report, ”Of specific concern is the impact on humpback whales and southern right whales which are still frequenting the west coast during the summer months (December – February), the impact on critically endangered (leatherback) turtles (migration routes in the area), the critically endangered African Penguin (changes in foraging behaviour and impacts on fitness) and the Cape fur seal (and consideration of current mass die-offs). Recent literature provides credible concern about ecosystem/food-chain impacts of seismic surveys, that may in turn have impact on fisheries, the severity and localisation of which will depend on coincidences with spawning and juvenile recruitment events.”

To begin development of offshore gas development at this stage of global warming makes the fundamental assumption that planetary tipping points and accelerating climatic events will wait, while South Africa adds gas to its reliance on coal, and that their consequential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be benign. Given the existential issues at play that cannot be easily undone, and the enormous risk to ocean life that is already deeply compromised by ocean warming, acidification and deoxygenation, and that customary rights, heritage and livelihoods are becoming collateral damage, we are demanding an end to government’s push for oil and gas.

This ecological crisis demands ingenuity and imagination that only thinks with earth systems, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, tidal, gravity and wave energy, hydroelectric, biomass and geothermal power. To get caught in the loop of using what gas reserves we have simply locks another fossil fuel in to our emissions trajectory. Like asbestos, fossil gas is a resource that climate science insists must stay underground.


Snoek
Not ‘Searcher’ Seismic Blasting
Protest! – Sunday, 10:00 23 Jan 2022.
JOIN THE RESISTANCE. Stop West Coast offshore-gas Searcher Geodata UK Ltd Seismic Survey!

More than 18 Biodiversity areas will potentially be impacted. Protect our vulnerable fishing communities. Join the Protest.
10:00, 23 January 2022, at the following venues:

KZN:
– Durban Suncoast Casino Beach
– Umhloti Beach
– Cuttings Beach
– Anstey’s Beach
– Umkomaas Beach
– Mtunzini, Exit 283, Fairbreeze

Western Cape:
– Muizenberg Beach – expecting extreme heat wave – may be postponed. Pls watch social media.
– Saldanha, Multi Purpose Centre ( will start at 9:00 before Gas Amendment Bill Hearing)

Eastern Cape:
-Brighton Beach, Gqeberha

Bring your posters and banners!

Covid-19 Restrictions Apply. Please wear a mask and keep social distance.
For further event information: info@oceansnotoil.org
For more information on the collective spirit of defiance against RSA offshore oil
and gas: https://oceansnotoil.org/blog/

Poster ideas from Kerry, available for download:

Slogan and poster ideas care of affiliate Coastal Justice Network:

Some Afrikaans versions thanks to Dr. Dylan McGarry, Cleo Droomer, Traci Kwaai,Josie Peers and Shamier Magmoet.


Picket Shell Headquarters London – Saturday, 4 Dec 2021. STOP SHELL DESTROYING MARINE LIFE OFF THE WILD COAST, SOUTH AFRICA!

Meet Jubilee Park and Garden, Belvedere Road, South Bank (near Waterloo)

Organised by the Marikana Solidarity Collective. Sponsored by Anti-Imperialists for Global Justice, Women of Colour – Global Women’s Strike, and others. Email: mambushlives@gmail.com


Take Action with us! Join the Nationwide Protests – Sunday, 5 December 2021. 

We OBJECT TO SHELL & CGG on South African coast! 

We will take to the Beaches in Protest! Sunday, 5 Dec 10:00am, Eastern Cape, KZN, Western Cape, Western seaboard and Johannesburg. The Beach Protest will be documented by our aviation warriors who will be flying overhead recording this massive nationwide outcry.

Location details below. Contact the WhatsApp number provided for any queries. Continue to check this page for event updates

Bring your posters and banners in protest! Stop Shell’s OFFSHORE EXPLORATION in seas 20kms off the Wild Coast, Eastern Cape. Shell plans to blast the Wild Coast during whale and hammerhead migration season. Object and make your voices heard!

Take Action with us by downloading the “I OBJECT” poster from our site, take a selfie and share it on social media, using the #oceansnotoil #tohellwithshell
Covid-19 Restrictions Apply. Please wear a mask and keep social distance.


Youth 4 Climate Action March – Durban, 15 March 2019

Join us in a peaceful protest in Durban Central on Earth Day, 15 March 2019, and show your support in making South Africa’s Policy and Decision-makers make environmentally responsible and informed decisions.

Globally, the youth are making a stand and saying that the climate crisis is solvable, but some leaders and politicians are jeopardising our future by blocking real action. Climate change needs to be central to all policy and agendas, not a side-line issue.

For details on the Youth March, click here.
Don’t have a facebook account? See event details here

“The politics that’s needed to prevent the climate catastrophe—it doesn’t exist today. We need to change the system, as if we were in crisis, as if there were a war going on.” – Greta Thunberg

Public Meetings to oppose Offshore Oil and Gas exploration to take place in KZN (Richards Bay, Durban and Port Shepstone)

 

Join us for the public participation meetings, and have your say in Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration Drilling off the East Coast of South Africa

Eni South Africa BV (Eni), and Sasol Africa Limited (Sasol) hold an Exploration Right 12/3/236 (ER 236) off the East Coast of South Africa. Eni has the operatorship of Block ER 236. Eni and Sasol are considering the possibility of conducting an exploration drilling programme in Block ER 236 to assess the commercial viability of the hydrocarbon reservoir for future development. The project requires Environmental Authorisation (EA) from the National Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) under the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) (Act No. 107 of 1998), as amended, through an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process, which commenced in January 2018.

The Final Scoping Report was approved by PASA on 16 April 2018, and ERM have commenced with the preparation of the draft Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIA Report). Stakeholders are invited to attend one of the below listed open house meetings where the findings of the draft EIA will communicated. The meeting will follow an open house format and the participants will have the opportunity to interact with the project team, ask questions and provide comment.

The draft EIA is currently being finalised and registered stakeholders will receive notification  by ERM environmental consultants when the report is available for comment.  The draft EIA will be released for a 30 day comment period as per the requirements of NEMA.

Dates and details of the public meetings:

Day and Date

Location

Venue

Time

Wednesday 3 October 2018

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth Open House

isiXhosa translator to be present

Boardwalk Hotel, Beach Rd, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, 6019

15:00 – 18:00

Thursday 4 October 2018

East London

East London Open House

isiXhosa translator to be present

Blue Lagoon hotel & Conference Centre, 21 Blue Bend Pl, Blue Bend, East London

15:00 – 18:00

Monday 8 October 2018

Richards Bay

Richards Bay Open House

isiZulu translator to be present

Premier Hotel The Richards, 3 Hibberd Dr, Meer En See, Richards Bay

15:00 – 18:00

Tuesday 9 October 2018

Durban

Durban Open House

isiZulu translator to be present

Gooderson Tropicana Hotel, 85 OR Tambo Parade, South Beach, Durban

15:00 – 18:00

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Port Shepstone

Port Shepstone Open House

isiZulu translator to be present

Venture Inn,

366 Commercial Rd, Umtentweni, Port Shepstone

15:00 – 18:00


PUBLIC MEETINGS – Gas Pipeline and Electricity Grid Infrastructure Expansion – Strategic Environmental Assessment

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) released a notification, informing all Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs), and stakeholders of public meetings, in which feedback on the draft findings of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) which began in April 2017 will be given.

The SEA is being compiled to identify the most appropriate development corridors for the location of a Phased Gas Pipeline Network and expansion of the Electricity Grid Infrastructure (EGI). This SEA supports the objectives of the Operation Phakisa Offshore Oil and Gas Lab, as well as the Strategic Integrated Project (SIP) 10: Electricity transmission and distribution for all. It aims to pre-assess the environmental, social and economic constraints and opportunities for the gas transmission pipeline and EGI development, within the proposed corridors. The results of the assessment will serve to provide suitable routing options for gas pipelines and EGI expansion within these corridors.

Why is this important? Gas is being used as a transition fossil fuel in the move from coal energy to a more sustainable energy source. This is being actioned through a Just Transition by the South African government, which is not taking into account that we are effectively replacing one non-renewable energy source with another, and the equally detrimental effect on our environment.

Its a set of pipeline corridors (100km wide) stretching across farms, private property and potentially sensitive areas. Under, over and across rivers, including flaring facilities every 130km.

Below is a map of the corridors which were refined during stakeholder consultation and specialist assessments.

SEA Gas&EGI Expansion_06Feb2018

Public Participation Meetings will take place at various locations in South Africa to present the draft findings of the specialist studies. These meetings create a platform for the I&APs to provide input by identifying issues or raising concerns for consideration in the SEA Process. This can be anyone that might be affected. Oceans Not Oil encourages its members to attend and bring concerns or issues to the attention of the panel, regardless of how insignificant or unlearned you may believe your issue or concern is.

The meetings are as follows:

Province Date Venue Time
Western Cape – George 8 October 2018 George Civic Centre (Banqueting Hall): 71 York Street, George 17H00 – 20H00
Eastern Cape – Port Elizabeth 9 October 2018 BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) Park: Discovery Building, Zone 4, Coega IDZ, Port Elizabeth 17H00 – 20H00
Eastern Cape – East London 10 October 2018 Premier Hotel Regent: Marine Park Complex, 22 Esplanade, Beachfront, Quigney, East London 17H00 – 20H00
KwaZulu-Natal – Durban 11 October 2018 CSIR: 359 King George V (5th) Avenue, Durban 17H00 – 20H00
Gauteng – Johannesburg 15 October 2018 CSIR: Corner of Carlow Road & Rustenburg Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg 17H00 – 20H00
Northern Cape – Springbok 17 October 2018 Kokerboom Motel: Next to N7, Droëdap Road, Springbok (Co-ordinates: 29°42’45.2″S; 17°53’15.4″E) 17H00 – 20H00
Western Cape – Cape Town 22 October 2018 CSIR: 15 Lower Hope Road, Rosebank, Cape Town 17H00 – 20H00

What can you do?

  1. Register as I&AP’s by submitting your name and contact details (i.e. contact number, email address and postal address), to the following address: gasnetwork@csir.co.za or on the SEA website: http://gasnetwork.csir.co.za
  2. Participate in the Public Meetings.
  3. Share the above information with your networks and colleagues.

Protect our vulnerable coastline. Join the protest at the following venues:

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