S.Africa Energy Minister Defends Shell's Planned Seismic Blasting on Wild Coast

Environmentalists say the blasting on the east coast threatens marine wildlife such as dolphins, seals, penguins and endangered humpback whales.

Tim Cocks, Reuters

South Africa's energy minister defended Royal Dutch Shell's plans for seismic oil exploration along a pristine coastal stretch on Dec. 9, saying critics of the plan want to deprive Africa of energy resources.

Environmentalists and others have protested against Shell's plans to start seismic blasting on the Wild Coast, home to some of the country's most undisturbed wildlife refuges, and a major tourist draw.

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