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Fracking in the Karoo

Went to a talk by Jonathan Deal on 'Fracking in the Karoo' last night. This is not only a Karoo concern or South African, it's global. The vastness of the negative impact of fracking is very disturbing. It's important that we stand up together to oppose fracking and rather give our support to more renewable energy initiatives. In my opinion there is just nothing sustainable about fracking... Shale gas mining is a process that applies the technique of high-volume, horizontal, slick-water fracturing (‘fracking’ or ‘hydraulic fracturing’). It involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into horizontally drilled wells, under hydraulic pressure to fracture the underground shale layers and release gas. SHALE GAS MINING IS UNSUSTAINABLE • WATER THIRSTY • POSES DOCUMENTED ENVIRONMENTAL RISK" Shale gas mining (SGM), is presently banned or under some form of restriction or moratorium in a number of countries and states in different continents. In the United States, the American EPA, has extended the completion of what is now a six year investigation, by two years until May 2015.South Africa has conducted a cursory investigation into SGM under the auspices of the Department of Minerals. There has been no effective public participation in South Africa, despite a repeated undertaking by Minister Shabangu to do so.The economics of SGM, especially in America, are contested – also with regards to Energy Return on Investment (EROI) and sustainability. Jobs generated by SGM are also contested – in terms of actual numbers, local employment and so-called sustainability. Taking these facts into account, and acknowledging the lack of cohesive, broad and inclusive government consultation with the various stakeholders in South Africa, we stand in opposition to the licencing of shale gas exploration, or SGM in South [...]

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