Trouble brewing off SA’s coast?

2019-02-14 06:00

IN response to the announcement that French oil giant Total has just made a significant oil and gas discovery 175 km off the southern coast near Plettenberg Bay, Greenpeace Africa strongly condemns this kind of exploration.

“Discovering yet more oil and gas is not something to celebrate when burning fossil fuels is driving potentially catastrophic climate change,” said Greenpeace Africa’s Senior Climate and Energy Campaign Manager, Melita Steele.

“This is essentially oil that we cannot afford to burn in the face of extreme weather conditions and recurrent droughts.

“Deep sea drilling is far too risky.

“The possibility for an oil spill always exists, and the environmental impacts of deep sea drilling for oil and gas are too significant to be ignored.

“There will also be very little benefit or job creation for South Africans.

“It is reckless of the South African government to allow oil and gas exploration to go ahead, and unfortunate that this was lauded as a victory at the State of the Nation Address,” said Steele.

According to NASA, 2018 was the 4th warmest year on record.

“It is clear that if we are serious about stopping the worst impacts of climate change, then some fossil fuels must remain in the ground.

“South Africa is blessed with some of the best renewable energy resources in the world; it’s time to back renewable energy, and stop the reckless and dangerous dash for fossil fuels.” – PRESSPORTAL/GREENPEACE

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