There is much that you can do to help
These ideas are specific to South Africa, but are applicable to any country with a coast experiencing oil and gas development.
Register as an Interested and Affected Party and let the legislators hear you.
Get to know your national petroleum agency such as PASA (Petroleum Agency of South Africa) in South Africa. Find out what the next oil and gas development project will be.
- If the Applicant requires a permit for RECONNAISSANCE/ SEISMIC SURVEY permit remember that currently there is no Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) necessary for seismic surveys, which is why your role as a member of the public is so vital in ensuring that the oil companies act responsibly.
- Register as an Interested and Affected Party (I&AP) with the environmental consultant the applicant/ oil corporation has hired for this project. All you have to do is send a mail to the chosen environmental consultant and ask to be one.
- Respond to all information they send you timeously
- There will be an opportunity for I&APs to make comments or objections. Your comments will not be construed as objections unless you state that they are objections. See an example (A) Link to open example letter A
- If this survey goes ahead, place an objection.
- If it still goes ahead then place an appeal with the Department of Mineral Resources.
- If the Applicant requires a permit for EXPLORATION DRILLING
- Register as an I&AP
- Make comments on the environmental consultants Scoping Report, which isolates what will and won’t be dealt with in the EIA report. See an example (B) Link to open example letter B
- The environmental consultants will produce a Draft EIA and should accommodate your comments/objections within this.
- The environmental consultants will produce a Final EIA and thereafter there is a short period for appeal.
- Then goes to PASA and a decision is made.
An application for oil& gas EXTRACTION permit follows the same process as EXPLORATION
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Use less Synthetic Fertilizers
These are usually derived from by-products of the petroleum industry. Examples are Ammonium Nitrate, Ammonium Phosphate, Superphosphate, and Potassium Sulfate. Synthetic fertilizers do not support microbiological life in the soil. A significant percentage of beneficial microorganisms, which are responsible for breaking down organic matter for improving soil quality and fertility, are actually killed by application of a synthetic fertilizer.
Say no to plastic bags and bottles
Avoid purchasing plastics, especially single-use plastic. Carry shopping bags always and choose products made from biodegradable and sustainable materials instead. Quit bottled water for good. Each year over 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally, and 10 % will end up in the sea. It is estimated that there is now a 1:2 ratio of plastic to plankton and, left unchecked, plastic will outweigh fish by 2050.
Your vote is a mutual contract for better life for all. Elect candidates committed to reducing fossil fuel environmental impact and support replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy.
Reduce your oil consumption:
The development of offshore gas-fields is intended to augment the current reliance of coal for electrical generation, so the community can definitely help by:
- Saving up and installing clean energy solutions at home. Looking into your options for alternative energy: Solar voltaic panels, Solar geysers, solar water heating etc.
- Cut your power use at home. Turn off house lights and heaters that you aren’t actively using, unplug appliances sucking phantom energy.
Regards oil usage:
- Limit how much you drive. Make the intentional choice to walk to locations within a reasonable distance, and carpool or take public transport to work if you can.
- Go zero waste. A Zero Waste lifestyle is an opportunity to live lightly upon the earth by choosing sustainability over pure convenience.
- Buy local. Much of the oil pulled out of the earth is destined to be used for transportation. Buying local means the goods you purchase don’t need to be driven cross-country or flown across the globe.