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  As the ANC’s new cabinet moves into gear, expectations are that President Zuma will soon issue final regulations in connection with shale gas mining. This, as promised by Mr. Zuma in his State of The Nation Address, ‘will be followed by the processing and granting of licences.’ President Jacob Zuma in his State of The Nation Address in Cape Town - read here.

At that point, the doors to exploration will have been opened and Shell, et al will be set loose to move into the Karoo. If and when exploration proves to be successful, even to the extent that it will keep the explorers busy enough to recover some of their investment thus far, South Africans can be assured that production – either at full scale – or under a convenient provision that permits explorers to ‘dispose’ of extracted resources will go ahead.

I guess, just as with the Etoll, many South Africans will sit and watch something happen and then wail and gnash their teeth when it is too late. It is still not too late to get behind this issue and stop the state in its tracks. But if people believe that it is OK because someone else is fighting it – it's the same as not going to vote because they think their vote doesn’t make a difference. It does matter and we can make a difference.

  Fracking debate on SAfm: Friday 30 May 2014...
WWF and SAfm are hosting a debate and panel discussion on fracking on Friday morning, 30 May at 07:30 – 09:30. TKAG will be represented by Jonathan Deal, our CEO. Other speakers will include Mariette Liefferink (Federation for a Sustainable Environment) , Dhesigen Naidoo (Water Research Commission) and several others.

Follow these easy steps:
Vote in favour or against this motion: ‘fracking threatens our water resources’.
  1. Cast your vote online at or send an sms to 34701 (R2 per sms) on Friday morning 30 May 07:30 to 09:30
  2. Tune in or listen online at
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  Death of four people tied to fracking fluid exposure – NIOSH...
At least four workers have died since 2010, apparently from acute chemical exposures during flowback operations, which involve transferring, storing and measuring fluids that return to the surface after fracking, NIOSH said... read more

Spike in stillborn and neonatal deaths reported in heavily drilled town...
Young found that the rate of neonatal deaths in Vernal has climbed from about equivalent to the national average in 2010 to six times the national average in 2013... read more

Traffic deaths on the rise in fracking boom towns...
Fracking requires twice or three times as many truck trips per well as older oil and gas extraction techniques. That could be reason for drilling areas in US witnessing a significant spike in traffic fatalities, new analysis suggests... read more
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