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Eskom’s coal power negatively impacting South Africa’s water

Cape Town – An environmental report has found that the use of water in electricity production is having a negative impact on the water resources for the country and may have long-term detrimental effects. The Water Hungry Coal: Burning South Africa’s water to produce electricity report produced by environmental organisation Greenpeace argues that the use […]

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R30 billion needed to start cleaning up South Africa’s mines

In response to the environmental risks posed by abandoned mines, mining companies are legally required to set aside money to clean-up mining operations before they are officially closed. Research published in a new WWF report indicates, however, that mining companies in South Africa are not fulfilling this obligation adequately.

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US Study: Fracking poses risk to water systems

A new scientific study of the risks associated with Hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking” — in the United States, found that current methods for wastewater disposal put drinking water at risk.

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South African company awarded Mauritanian water treatment contract

Water treatment firm Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies South Africa has been contracted by a global engineering, procurement and construction management company to design, fabricate and supply a brackish water treatment plant for the second phase of a mine in Mauritania.

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Square Kilometre Array Project may threaten fracking plans

Johannesburg – South Africa’s winning the rights to host the bulk of the world’s biggest radio telescope looks set to clash with plans to use the high-pressure pumping method fracking, which can cause earth tremors, to extract gas from its vast shale deposits. Last week, South Africa won the rights to locate about 70 percent […]

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South Africa: Water Affairs acts against four mines

Water affairs has taken legal action against four mines that continued operating without water-use licences despite being told to comply, Deputy Water Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said on Wednesday.

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South Africa: Mining giant accused of destroying Mpumalanga wetlands

A farmer from Delmas, Mpumalanga has lodged a complaint against mining company Exxaro with the Blue Scorpions Beeld reported that the mining giant had allegedly destroyed one wetland and commenced mining in a second.

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US Scientists Link Rise In Earthquakes To Fracking, Waste-Water Wells

Scientists who watch for earthquakes have discovered a big increase in the number of small quakes in the middle of the country. It’s an area that’s usually pretty quiet geologically. The scientists suspect the quakes are caused by waste-water wells. They plan to discuss their findings later this month at a seismology conference, but they’ve […]

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Fracking: A Clear and Present Danger

I don’t like to exaggerate the impacts of the many environmental issues we face. But  it’s impossible to overstate how dangerous fracking is. Fracking stands for “hydraulic fracturing,” a highly polluting process for tapping underground pools of natural gas. It involves drilling a hole a mile deep, thousands of feet long, then pumping down millions […]

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