EXPLAINER | How environmental lawyers are planning to stop Shell's seismic survey

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Protestors at the V&A Waterfront on 21 November.
Protestors at the V&A Waterfront on 21 November.
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The fight between environmental organisations and oil and gas company Shell has escalated from placard protests to a legal matter.

Environmental lawyers Cullinan & Associates filed an urgent court application on behalf of its clients - Greenpeace Africa, Natural Justice, the Border Deep Sea Angling Association, and Kei Mouth Ski Boat Club - which seeks to stop Shell from commencing its seismic survey which is set to start on 1 December.

Cullinan & Associates, which filed the court application at the Eastern Cape Division of the Makhanda High Court, argued Shell did not have the environmental authorisation as required under the National Environmental Management Act to go ahead with the survey.

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