Shell blasted in scathing court ruling, with big potential consequences

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Protesters at the V&A Waterfront, 21 November.
Protesters at the V&A Waterfront, 21 November.
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The Makhanda High Court delivered a scathing assessment of Shell’s conduct ahead of its planned exploration off the Wild Coast, highlighting the energy giant’s failure to consult properly with communities that may be affected by its plans.

"It seems to me that the exploration right which was awarded on the basis of a substantially flawed consultation process, is unlawful and invalid," said Judge Gerald Bloem in his ruling on Tuesday.

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