The Department of Forests, Fisheries and the Environment has raised concerns about the seismic surveys that will be carried out by Shell and Impact Africa Limited off the coast of South Africa between December and February 2022.
The impact of the seismic survey to be undertaken by Shell and Impact Africa has been authorized under the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 2002 (Act No. 28 of 2002), (MRPDA) which, by virtue of Article 39 (2) of the law, requires the presentation of an environmental management plan which must assess and assess the environmental impacts of the activity.
The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy is the minister responsible for the administration of the MPRDA, the minister responsible for environmental affairs is therefore not mandated to study the request or to make a decision on the authorization of the seismic. .
Note that since the entry into force of the One Environment System on December 8, 2014, the application process for seismic studies has been finalized. All decisions made under the MPRDA at the time remain valid and enforceable until overturned by a court.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Republic of South Africa: Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment.