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Getting Fracked

Despite Shell’s assurances, fracking does pollute water, and the fact that it has been stopped in several countries because of pollution concerns should be enough reason not to try it here in South Africa. What’s more, Shell doesn’t exactly have an ecological record in Africa as pure as diven snow.  Nine million barrels of spilt […]

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World Wildlife Fund (WWF) calls for protection of ‘no-go’ mining areas

The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF South Africa), together with numerous South African non-governmental organisations and the Centre for Environmental Rights, has handed over a list of areas to the Minister of Mineral Resources, Susan Shabangu, to be declared ‘no-go mining zones’. The list is aimed at assisting the minister in exercising her discretion […]

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SAY NO! To Global Shale Gas Fracking’s Final Human Descent into Ecocidal Barbarity

It is simply wrong to blow up the Earth destroying scarce water for limited energy with no climate benefits as purported. New science shows shale gas fracking is equally damaging to climate as other fossil fuels including coal, and last week there was a major toxic fracking water release into Pennsylvania’s waterways; yet fracking remains […]

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South Africa: Cabinet backs Karoo fracking moratorium

South Africa’s Cabinet endorsed the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) decision to declare a moratorium on natural-gas drilling in the Karoo region, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said on Thursday. The Cabinet also appointed a task team to investigate the implications of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The team would be led by the DMR and also […]

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Natural Gas from Shale Fracking Contributes to Global Warming

Natural gas extracted from shale formations has a greater greenhouse gas footprint — in the form of methane emissions — than conventional gas, oil and coal over a 20 year period. This calls into question the logic of its use as a ‘climate-friendly’ alternative to fossil fuels, according to Robert Howarth and colleagues, from Cornell […]

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Call to ban shale gas exploration in the Karoo

Groups opposing shale gas mining bids by Shell and other explorers in the Karoo yesterday asked the government to immediately end these plans and ban any future exploration. As an alternative, the Karoo Action Group asked President Jacob Zuma to impose a moratorium, pending studies into water impacts, alternative land uses, and a decision on […]

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FRACKING: Drink the Water at Your Own Risk

Fracking is currently used in 90 percent of the U.S.’s natural gas and oil wells. The practice makes drilling possible in areas that 10 to 20 years ago would not have been profitable. Fracking involves injecting water, sand, and a cocktail of chemicals at high pressure into rock formations thousands of feet below the surface. […]

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Are We Fracking With the Water-Energy Nexus?

What will it take to convince the federal government that water and energy are tightly intertwined…and therefore their respective planning and policy must be closely linked? The answer might just be: The New York Times. The newspaper’s recent investigative series on natural gas drilling, which has shed more light on hydrofracking’s adverse impact on water […]

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South Africa: Farmers seek halt on Karoo shale gas exploration

South African farmers want shale gas exploration and production in the Karoo region to be put on hold until the extraction methods are proven environmentally safe, an industry group said on Thursday. The government last month placed an indefinite moratorium on the processing of all new exploration and production rights in the Karoo, but this […]

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