Legal battle brews over TotalEnergies’ offshore oil and gas drilling in Western Cape

Activists and supporters of the Stop The Total Destruction Of The Ocean, Coastal Livelihood And Climate Picket outside the French Consulate in Cape Town on 8 February 2023. (Photo: Gallo Images / Brenton Geach)

Kristin Engel – 3 April 2024

Local eco-justice organisations have taken to the Western Cape High Court to stop TotalEnergies from drilling for oil and gas off the southwest coast of South Africa, alleging decisions were made without proper assessment of the environmental impacts.

TotalEnergies’ plan to drill for oil and gas off the Western Cape coast now faces legal challenges…