Algoa Bay seismic survey sparks objection

Pericles Anetos

ENVIRONMENTALIST Dr Paul Martin has laid a formal complaint with the Petroleum Agency of South Africa (PASA) against the ongoing seismic survey being conducted off Algoa Bay that experts say will threaten humpback whales.

Martin added his voice to environmental activists outraged by the survey, which is attempting to identify the existence of oil and gas in the bay.

“This is the first stage of oil exploration off the coast and they go and stuff up the first stage; they just ride roughshod over what was agreed at the first stage … We all want sustainable development, but if at stage one those involved aren’t going to comply with what is in [their] authorisation, what trust do we have in them?” Martin, asked.

In addition to his complaint lodged with PASA by e-mail on Sunday, Martin also complained to ERM Consulting, which is representing the British-based company NewAge (African Global Energy) Limited in the matter.

 

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