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Shell tables second EIA report for public comment

Shell tables second EIA report for public comment

Shell South Africa today confirmed that it has tabled a second Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the proposed refurbishment of its Seamans Garage service station in Graaff-Reinet.

The amended EIA report takes into account representations made by interested and affected parties during the first round of public participation and at subsequent consultations with the Graaff-Reinet Heritage Society and elected community representatives, engaging Shell on this issue. The new report also includes recommendations on heritage issues, traffic and noise, obtained from independent studies that have been incorporated into the new design for the service station.

“In our revised plans as outlined in the EIA report, we have added noise buffer walls and adapted the site’s design to blend in with the surrounding cultural heritage of the town to address concerns raised in respect of aesthetics and noise,” said Elton Fortuin, Shell’s Communications Manager.

“The site is not intended to cater for heavy-duty trucks - a major concern for some residents. The company also has no intention to put up a fast food outlet and therefore do not foresee the redeveloped site distracting the ambient environment close to important heritage landmarks.”

Fortuin said that the company had carefully assessed all proposed alternative locations but found that neither were commercially viable nor suitable for its requirements.

“We undertook extensive consultations including the additional studies. This is well beyond normal regulatory requirements – prior to tabling the second EIA report. We believe the new report addresses all representations made to us and we will continue to take community views in account.”

The EIA report is available for public viewing at the Graaff-Reinet library in Parsonage Street.  Members of the community can review the report and submit comments to Rob Gardiner from SRK Consulting Engineers via fax on (041) 509 4850, e-mail at RGardiner@srk.co.za or post to PO Box 21842 Port Elizabeth. The report will be open for comment until Friday, 11 December 2009.