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Not Everyone Happy with Total’s South African Discovery

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

While one would think that the Brulpadda well discovery made by Total off the coast of South Africa was a great boon for the country, not everyone is on board with the exploration campaign. Greenpeace has expressed its condemnation of Total’s drilling program on Block 11B/12B.

In response to Total’s discovery, Greenpeace Africa’s Senior Climate and Energy Campaign Manager, Melita Steele, said “Greenpeace Africa strongly condemns Total’s reckless oil exploration off the coast of South Africa. Discovering yet more oil and gas is not something to celebrate when burning fossil fuels is driving potentially catastrophic climate change. This is essentially oil that we cannot afford to burn in the face of extreme weather conditions and recurrent droughts.

“Deep sea drilling is far too risky. The possibility for an oil spill always exists, and the environmental impacts of deep-sea drilling for oil and gas are too significant to be ignored, with very little benefit or job creation for South Africans. It is reckless of the South African government to allow oil and gas exploration to go ahead, and unfortunate that this was lauded as a victory at the State of the Nation Address last night.”

Steele went on to comment on the need to back renewable energy and “stop the reckless dash for fossil fuels.”