Three days left to have your say on the KZN gas and oil hunt

Three days left to have your say on the KZN gas and oil hunt

The multinational Italian energy company, Eni, is partnering with Sasol to explore for deep sea gas and oil reserves offshore of KwaZulu-Natal’s coast. They plan to drill up to six deep-water wells within a prospecting block extending from Richard Bays in the north to Port Shepstone in the south. People have FIVE days left to comment on the draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report.

The draft EIA can be accessed at 


Rowdy reception for oil drillers

 Oil exploration comes with big risks

Public engagement is ‘part of our DNA’ – Eni

Please read scroll down to the bottom of this post to make your comments and also send to

Oceans Not Oil, have set in motion critical  debate around Eni and Sasol’s plans for exploratory oil and gas drilling off the KwaZulu-Natal coastline, raising a dozen issues they feel have not been adequately addressed by the draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report. Click here to read more.

Khalid Mather argues that, unbeknown to many, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has signed away the soul of the East Coast. Click here to read more

Marilia Cioni, Eni’s press officer, calls for more constructive engagement on expected benefits arising from discovery of oil and gas reserves. “Eni’s operating model focuses on reducing risk as well as environmental and social impacts. This has granted us an excellent track record in safety. Over the last three years, Eni has been the top performer in its sector in the reduction of injury rates across all its activities. Our deep-water exploration activities in Ghana, Angola and Mozambique, just to mention Sub-Saharan Africa, recorded no incident or spill.”  Click here to read more

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  1. Concerned Resident
    Concerned Resident 21 October, 2018, 15:40

    Dear Sirs
    I read the article in the South Coast Herald dated October 19th 2018, and am totally in support of the comments made by Mr d”Sa regarding the appointment of an independent consultant.
    Off-shore oil drilling could adversely affect our waters, especially along the Protea Bank which is renowned as a breeding ground for many species of fish. It could therefore have a very serious effect on fishing, both as a commercial venture and as a sport.
    In addition any oil spills would severely affect our beaches, which are a big tourist attraction and the mainstay of the economy of the Lower South Coast, which is heavily dependent on holiday-makers. coming to the area.
    Finally, it should be the aim of those in government to move away from polluting coal and oil based sources and to start developing renewable energy sources such as hydro-electric, wind, and wave driven power.
    Thank you.

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  2. Esme
    Esme 22 October, 2018, 07:20

    NO NO NO!!!!!!! How can people be so cruel? What about our sealife in the oceans?

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  3. Annette
    Annette 22 October, 2018, 08:29

    I am totally against the oil exploration project along the KZN East Coast. It is is beautiful and sensitive eco system already under much pressure from humankind. Please add my vote/voice against this.
    Hoping I can make a difference

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  4. Lynne Hulett
    Lynne Hulett 22 October, 2018, 09:23

    We fought so hard , to stop the mining only to have it all ripped away with the stroke of a pen,. Isimangaliso is a world heritage site. Mining will have devastating effects on Isimangaloso Wetlands Park. If the mouth of the estuary opens heavens know how the inhabitants be they fish, fauna or flora will be affected. How do we stop THIS…!!!??????

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  5. Mandy
    Mandy 22 October, 2018, 10:45

    Surely the investment should rather be towards clean energy, like wind and solar, which we in South Africa have an abundance of. Our planet is in huge trouble with all the pollution on land and in our oceans and every effort should be made to go Green!

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  6. Allen Goddard
    Allen Goddard 22 October, 2018, 13:57

    Compromising South Africa’s ocean and coastal biodiversity by exploration for oil and gas is ludicrous, when the UN climate change panel has called on governments to urgently pursue renewable energy.

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  7. Louise
    Louise 22 October, 2018, 15:16

    Dear Eni and Sasol,

    We beg you to do thorough investigations and to work along side civil society organisations in order ascertain the potential environmental impact of this excavation. I know this might be very profitable for your companies, it’s shareholders and even secure jobs for ordinary citizens so I’m sure it’s very hard to have to grapple with these issues when an opportunity is before you that can such enormous benefits. We ask you to remember though, that if we continue to take resources in unsustainable ways, in the future there won’t be any resources to use at all. Don’t do it for me, do it for your grandchildren, who your actions will affect the most.

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  8. Sue
    Sue 23 October, 2018, 08:24

    Off shore exploration and drilling is going to have an extremely negative impact on all our precious sea life. Habitats will be destroyed and the noise from the blasting and drilling will impact on the ability of animals to communicate eg whales and dolphins in particular. We need to be focusing on expanding our Marine Protected Areas and preserving and growing marine life rather than destroying life. 50% of the air we breathe comes from the ocean. MPA’s will create more sustainable jobs, mining creates a few short term jobs. We need to focus on renewable energy., this will be a win win for all.

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  9. JILL
    JILL 24 October, 2018, 21:12

    I endorse Allen Goddard’s succinct critique: “Compromising South Africa’s ocean and coastal biodiversity by exploration for oil and gas is ludicrous, when the UN climate change panel has called on governments to urgently pursue renewable energy.”

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