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Activists in South Africa renew fight with Shell over sea floor blasting

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🗞️ Driving the news: Environmental groups in South Africa are challenging Shell's attempt to refile for exploration rights in the country's highest court
• Activists argue that seismic blasting of the ocean floor will harm sea life and disrupt local communities' cultural practices

🔭 The context: Shell's plans to search for oil and gas off South Africa’s Wild Coast have faced legal battles since 2014
• Despite a recent Supreme Court of Appeal decision that allows Shell to reapply for permission, activists remain opposed due to environmental and social concerns

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Seismic blasting can significantly impact marine ecosystems, disrupting species from whales to microscopic plankton
• The case highlights the ongoing conflict between fossil fuel exploration and environmental preservation

⏭️ What's next: The Constitutional Court's decision could set a precedent for future energy exploration in South Africa, balancing economic development with environmental protection and community rights

💬 One quote: “Despite the potentially devastating impact that the seismic blasting will have, Shell did not get the required environmental authorisation nor did it consult with affected communities,” - Greenpeace

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