…… Dear Sirs/Mesdames,
RE: RECONAFRICA PETROLEUM EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES IN PEL NO. 73 KAVANGO BASIN, NAMIBIA
- The above matter refers.
- We, as Schindlers Attorneys, a law firm based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Schindlers EcoForensics (“Schindlers”) a registered interested and affected party (“IAP”) for the above matter, address this letter in our capacity as such with regard to the Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”) for the petroleum exploration activities conducted by ReconAfrica in Pel No. 73 Kavango Basin, Namibia (“the Project”). An email confirming Schindlers’ registration as an IAP is attached hereto, marked as Annexure “A”.
- This letter is intended to convey our concerns regarding Reconnaissance Energy Africa Ltd (“ReconAfrica”),1 specifically whether ReconAfrica have successfully complied with all the statutory requirements in terms of the Namibian Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (“EIA Regulations”) as well as the provisions of the Namibian Environmental Management Act (“EMA”),2 insofar as same relate to the Project. A letter containing Schindlers’ comments and submissions in relation to the above is attached hereto, marked as Annexure “B”.
- Furthermore, this letter addresses our concerns over the actions of a Canadian-registered company which is clearly violating international agreements to which Canada is a signatory.
- If the Project is allowed to proceed, the proposed activities will have devastating effects on global climate change and the ecosystem within the proposed drilling site, further infringing both the human and socio-economic rights of the local and indigenous peoples of Namibia……….
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