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France Becomes First Country To Ban Fracking

In a major setback for the oil and gas industry, the French Senate last week voted 176 to 151 to ban hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. fracking), the controversial gas industry drilling method facing scrutiny the world over due to water contamination and other concerns. Once the legislation receives presidential approval, France will be the first country […]

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Magaliesburg residents lodge appeal against African Nickel

Magaliesburg residents have lodged an appeal with the mineral resources department (DMR) to prevent African Nickel (AN) from prospecting in the Golden Valley area. AN began prospecting in April – much to the dismay of environmentalists and residents.  Golden Valley is in close proximity to the Cradle of Humankind.  It also supports various farming activities, […]

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South Africa – Fracking not only planned for Karoo

While Shell plans to use fracking to extract natural gas in the Karoo, other areas such as the Eastern Cape, the Free State and southern KZN (including parts of the Drakensberg) have also been targeted by mining companies.   These companies include Sasol (which has partnered with Statoil of Norway and Chesapeake of the US), […]

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Why We Need to Calm the Natural Gas Frenzy

Right now, natural gas is the new big thing when it comes to solving our nation’s energy challenges. With gasoline hitting $4 a gallon and coal- and nuclear-based power reeling from environmental and safety concerns, many see cheap, plentiful supplies of homegrown natural gas as the latest answer to our energy dreams, especially as hydraulic […]

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Australian Mining Company Wants To Mine South Africa’s Pristine Wild Coast

Mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu has revoked the licence of Australian-based mining company Transworld Energy & Mineral Resource to dune mine at the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape.  However the company has three months to resubmit documentation pertaining to environmental issues, before she makes a final decision. The area is home to the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany […]

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Diamonds: not water’s best friend

Authorities from the Northern Cape have expressed their concern about the environmental impacts of often illicit alluvial diamond mining along the Lower Vaal River. Due to the meandering nature of the Vaal River, diamonds are found both in the river channels and on the floodplains where the river once ran.  The deposits are actively mined […]

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Boycott Shell to Save our Water!

Earthlife Africa and anti-fracking activists are calling for a National Boycott of Shell. This countrywide boycott will start on Tuesday, 17 May and last until the Government bans all fracking or Shell withdraws its application to frack for shale gas in the Karoo. This urgent and important action will start from 17 May 2011 and […]

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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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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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