Study to help SA decide on fracking

2011-04-29 15:03

Johannesburg - The government will neither accept new applications nor finalise current bids for shale gas exploration until its own feasibility study on the matter is finalised, the department of minerals said on Friday.

"Given the intensity and scale of the issue and the fact that this (shale gas exploration) has never been done before in our shores, my department will conduct a comprehensive study which will assist us to formulate our approach after which we will go back to cabinet," Minerals Minister Susan Shabangu said.

Royal Dutch Shell is one of the companies facing opposition to its plans to seek shale gas in the semi-desert Karoo region, as farmers fear extraction methods will contaminate water and harm the environment.

Shabangu said she was considering sending a team of experts to other jurisdictions so that they could "draw lessons with regard to shale gas exploration".

There was initial confusion that the moratorium applied only to new applications.

Many South Africans have voiced concern about fracking (the hydraulic fracturing method), particularly the agricultural sector, saying it could affect economic survival and quality of life in rural communities.

The cabinet has endorsed the department's decision to place a moratorium on licences. 

  • Redwine - 2011-04-30 09:50

    One all expenses paid world holiday coming up for a plane load of Cadres. Then push the price up as we contemplate our general shortage of hydro carbons to justify the sale and arrange the front companies and shareholding so all family members can benefit. Idiots all it takes is 10 minutes on the net and a few well placed phonecalls Who are you kidding here!

  • Doublepost - 2011-04-30 14:02

    Here is my study. It poisons the land, makes a few at the top extremely wealthy, destroys the below the land water supply which affects wells, rivers and eventually even dams. You can literally light the water with a match. And of course the best bit. The possible gains of energy only last 3 to 5 years and the cost to the land and its people lasts forever. Yeah, go ahead and frack the Karoo!

  • Redwine - 2011-04-30 14:10

    Free holiday in the offing.

  • Kloete.Kloete - 2011-04-30 21:15

    On Trevor Manual's appoinment as UN Green Fund Co-chair

  • Redwine - 2011-05-01 10:43

    3 Ministers, 6 deputies and 127 support staff will fly on an extende world tour to verify the absolute advantages of fracking. The tour is scheduled to last 1 month and they intend to meet with several prominant investors on this trip to gauge investment confidence for the project. With SA acute shortage of hydro carbons all additional sources are welcome and should be exploited no matter the cost.

  • nonduplume - 2011-05-02 01:11

    I smell a deal coming that will involve BEE enrichment for the few!

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