Petrol pipelines under the N3: Battle heads to court

Petrol pipelines under the N3: Battle heads to court

An extensive mop up operation is underway, 11 June 2014 in Alberton, south of Johannesburg, caused by alleged criminals trying to steal petrol from the pipelines in the early hours of Wednesday morning which led the spillage leaving the entire Old Vereeniging road unsafe. Picture: Valentina Nicol

Activists believe the Gauteng government has not done its due diligence regarding the construction of a road over petrol pipelines on the N3. They warn that if the pipeline was damaged during construction, there would be fires “the likes of which has not yet been seen in Gauteng,”

The tussle over Transnet’s petrol pipelines behind the Total Petro Port service station on the N3, between Heidelberg and Alberton, in Ekurhuleni, is headed to court, with environmental activists slapping the Gauteng MEC of roads and transport and six others with summonses. In December The Citizen reported how activist and director of NT55 Investments, Francois Nortje, sought to stop the department from building a road over the pipeline, pending review application challenging the validity of the Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the road. His lawyers had given the department’s chief director, Freeman Masuku, until the end of last month to make...




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