MEDIA ADVISORY

groundWork (Friends of the Earth South Africa)
South Durban Community Environmental Alliance

SASOL US EXPANSION MET BY FIERCE OPPOSITION FROM SOUTH DURBAN ENVIRONMENTAL STALWART

Durban, South Africa, 15 August 2016 – As Sasol edges in closer to build the second largest gas-to-liquid (GTL) facility in the world in Mossville, Louisiana, environmental justice activist from the South Durban Basin, Desmond D’Sa today meets with the community which is set to be yet another of the fuel giant’s displaced victims.

Sasol’s Louisiana facility will turn natural gas into chemicals, diesel and other fuels. It will be the biggest project of its kind in the US, and the second-biggest GTL plant in the world, producing 96,000 b/d of diesel and other liquids.

Mossville is an historic community in southwest Louisiana that African American people began to settle in before the Civil War. They are determined to keep their land free of polluting industries.

According to local group Mossville Environmental Action Now [1], the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to promote the unjust land grabbing by Sasol as a model program for community buy-outs, echoing similar action taken by the apartheid government during which Sasol was born.

Desmond D’Sa, Coordinator of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance and 2015 winner of the international Goldman Environmental Award, is to address the community of Mossville today in solidarity with their fight against a corporate whose business in South Africa and globally has been the pollution of people of colour for big profits.

Without the resistance, the chemical plant is set to begin operation in 2017, and the diesel plant will come on line in two stages beginning in 2018 and 2019. This plant is one of the largest foreign investment manufacturing projects in US history.

 

CONTACTS

Priya Pillay
Project Manager, South Durban Community Environmental Alliance
Tel (w): 031 461 1991
Email: priya@sdceango.co.za

Megan Lewis
Media and Communications Manager, groundWork
Tel (w): 033 342 5662
Email: megan@groundwork.org.za