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  Fracking: a much larger problem than just the Karoo

Following the lifting of the moratorium in September 2012, South Africa has experienced an unprecedented increase in applications for onshore gas exploration. New applications span vast areas of the Free State, Drakensberg and Kwa-Zulu Natal as well as parts of the Eastern Cape and the Kalahari. See map

Now, a recent article in the Guardian has revealed extensive applications in Botswana, including in the Chobe region and in the Central Kalahari game Reserve. The indigenous San people were not consulted and are currently fighting to gain access to ancestral lands after being evicted.

One of the companies operating in Botswana revealed that environmental regulations are not being followed. Steve Boden, unconventional gas development manager of South African energy giant Sasol, said: "We weren't required to do an environmental management plan for it but in our opinion it's best practice that we do."

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  Why desert people are fighting fracking
In this memorable article, Julienne du Toit from Karoo Space explores the value of rain in the Karoo. Here, rain is still measured in inches and points. These desert people are the same people who are being told by Shell and the Government to risk their groundwater for shale gas... read more
  Desperate times call for desperate measures
Shell’s ceaseless litany of riches-from-shale brings to mind the fitting adage: if something sounds to good to be true, it usually is. Decide for yourself if we’re headed for a pot-of-gold at the end of the rainbow or a fool’s paradise.... read more

Fracking boom gives banks mortgage headaches... read more

Playing fracking Scrabble: how the fracking industry misleads the public with wordplay... read more

Merkel coalition backs fracking moratorium in Germany... read more

Shell SA makes daring claim regarding recycling fracking water
At the 2013 Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice in Howick, Kwa-Zulu Natal earlier in November, a Shell representative claimed that the company could draw water once and use that same water for following wells... read more
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