Anti-fracking group may take legal action | Infrastructure news

An anti-fracking group has warned that it will take legal steps to bring an end to hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo and has called for a new moratorium on fracking.

In February this year, then Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu proposed a two-year extension of the moratorium on new applications for onshore and offshore exploration rights and on fracking. The department has since published the technical regulations for the development of shale gas for public comment.

“We have taken serious note of the promises of President Zuma to South Africa in connection with fracking and are now poised to take legal steps,” said Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) CEO Jonathan Deal.

Explaining TKAG’s concerns, Deal said that the group occupied a significant role in the shale gas debate in South Africa. “Through our constant involvement in research, debate and engagement with various stakeholders we are established as a serious voice in this issue of national importance. The new scientific evidence that we have placed before President Zuma and the Cabinet, when read in context of the debate and in the light of a dearth of public participation must surely raise red flags for the government regarding constitutionality, sustainability, science and the rule of law.”

During his State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma announced, “We will pursue the shale gas option within the framework of our good environmental laws.” He said shale gas could be a game changer for the South African economy.

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