The DMRE needs to notify all affected South Africans of national legislation through a comprehensive notification process and allow sufficient time and fair process for consultation. People cannot afford to travel across the country or use expensive technology.
Legislation that enables prospecting, extraction, supply, distribution and storage of fossil fuels will have dire impacts on people's lives and precious water catchments on a national scale leaving our country with stranded assets that will push future generations into further debt. Any public participation around such a Bill should therefore allow for adequate and meaningful consultation with sufficient time and process to engage with the affected people in order for the process to be transparent, just and fair.
groundWork has reiterated to the DMRE on many occasions since the release of the Bill on 24th December the need for inclusive and meaningful consultative process. In the groundWork letter to the Director General Advocate Thabo Mokoena objections to online consultative processes were raised. A request was made for a national public participation schedule on the Bill to be made public and for all consultations to only proceed after the State of Disaster has been lifted.
DRAFT UPSTREAM PETROLEUM RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT BILL, 2019
OBJECTIONS TO THE DRAFT UPSTREAM PETROLEUM RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT BILL PUBLISHED FOR COMMENT - 21 February 2020
OBJECTIONS TO THE DRAFT UPSTREAM PETROLEUM RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT BILL PUBLISHED FOR COMMENT - 28 February 2020
Objections and requests to consultation processes taking place during lockdown and the National State of Disaster for the Draft Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill published for comment on 24 December 2019 (notice 1706 of 2019, Government Gazette no. 42931, 24 December 2019) - 06 May 2020.