Just short of a week ago, Zag put together a little web nugget around the seismic surveying that was set to go ahead just off our coast. Missed it? No worries just click here to read more. Here’s the part of the story where we wish we could pose the ol’ good news or bad news scenario, but alas it’s all bad news. Alerts have officially been issued:
Seismic blasting off the Eastern Cape Coast has begun. Please be on the lookout for disoriented mammals and fish washing ashore as well as out at sea. Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) has been granted a reconnaissance permit by the Department of Mineral Resources (facilitated by the Petroleum Agency of South Africa) to undertake a seismic survey programme. This covers a large area of the South and East Coasts, extending roughly between Mossel Bay and Port Edward.
M/V SANCO ATLANTIC last recorded track from the past 2 days, you can follow the vessels movements here.
Note that the vessel will not be surveying within 15 km of the coastline (and 25 km in places). The survey kicked off on 15 January 2018 using the vessel M/V SANCO ATLANTIC and will be approximately 4.5 months in duration. Once more it seems as if money has been the trump card despite great efforts being put in place by various environmental organisations. Let’s get the word out!