DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA, Dec 26 — International environmental group Greenpeace has asked the South African government to act now to ensure a clean and sustainable future for its citizens.
Greenpeace was reacting to a major diesel oil spillage in Hillcrest, Durban, and said it was monitoring the situation with expectations of an efficient clean-up.
The spillage was from the Hillcrest pump station of Transnet Pipelines, a member of Transnet, the majority government-owned rail, port and pipeline group.
Greenpeace said Thursday that the negative impact of such spills on people and the environment was immeasurable. It said the 200,000-litre spill was a stark reminder of the limitations associated with the over-reliance on diesel on the part of South African power utility Eskom to keep gas turbines working during the current electricity crisis.
On Wednesday, environmental experts said they were assessing the damage of the fuel spill. Transnet Pipelines has also confirmed that clean-up operations are in place but that rehabilitation of the affected gardens and farmlands will be a long-term process.