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Shell Wins Case to Start Seismic Survey Offshore South Africa

A South African court has ruled that Royal Dutch Shell Plc can proceed with a seismic survey offshore the East Coast, after dismissing a legal application by activist groups.

Greenpeace was among organizations that filed an urgent court interdict this week to block the activity, used in the search for oil and gas resources, claiming it’s linked to decreased sightings of marine life and lower catch rates for commercial fishing. Shell argued that it fulfilled regulatory obligations and that similar studies have already been conducted in South African waters.