En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists host gas ex­plo­ration work­shop

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO BUSINESS - Tam­lyn Jolly

THE South Durban Com­mu­nity En­vi­ron­men­tal Al­liance (SDCEA) to­gether with Ground­Work is to­mor­row (Fri­day) host­ing an oil and gas ex­plo­ration work­shop in Richards Bay.

This is in con­nec­tion with pro­posed gas ex­plo­ration by Sa­sol and Eni off KZN’s coast, from Port Shep­stone to north of Richards Bay.

‘KZN is renowned for its fa­mous and beau­ti­ful beaches.

‘How­ever, healthy oceans are crit­i­cally im­por­tant to ma­rine life and coastal com­mu­ni­ties whose economies rely on tourism, fish­ing and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties,’ said the SDCEA in a state­ment.

It said the work­shop, which will be held at 10am at the Splen­did Inn Bayshore in Meerensee, serves to in­form in­ter­ested and af­fected par­ties about the im­pacts and dan­gers of off­shore oil and gas drilling along the coast of KZN.

En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­sources Man­age­ment, the com­pany tasked with un­der­tak­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ments for the gas ex­plo­ration project, held a pub­lic meet­ing in Richards Bay, as well as oth­ers in other af­fected parts of the prov­ince, and is due to hold an­other sub­se­quent to the re­lease of its re­vised draft scop­ing re­port.

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