-- From Notice of Public
Meeting to be held on 3 October, 2001
On the 7th July 2001, Sapref
(Shell/BP) confirmed a leak in their petrol pipeline after complaints
from residents of unbearable noxious odours. Since then, Sapref gave
the "all clear" to residents on the health implications resulting
in a false sense of safety. Recently Sapref revealed under pressure
from the residents in Angelier/Tambotie Roads that the benzene levels
were high (benzene being a known cancer-causing agent) resulting in
the industry offering to relocate houses in the vicinity of the leak.
The SDCEA has been calling
for a total replacement of the pipeline instead of the present patchwork
which does not guarantee the immediate safety of people with the strong
possibility of further leaks. However, industry is not replacing the
already dysfunctional pipeline, which runs all the way from the refinery
through Merebank, Wentworth & the Bluff all the way to Island View,
compromising the health & safety of a large population. Recent reports
have revealed the dogs in the area are dying from exposure together
with people being sick.
Residents need to exercise
their rights to a clean and healthy environment with maximum protection
and safety and ensure that further leaks are avoided.