South Africa Lifts Moratorium on Fracking

SA lifts the moratorium on shale gas exploration in the country’s semi-arid Karoo region

South Africa has lifted a moratorium on shale gas exploration in the country's semi-arid Karoo region, where the extraction technique of ‘fracking’ might be deployed.

According to Minister in the Presidency, Collins Chabane, Cabinet endorsed a recommendation of the report on the lifting of the afore-stated moratorium.

Meanwhile, branch coordinator for Earthlife Africa in Cape Town, Muna Lakhani, argues that there is ample scientific evidence to confirm water pollution and the point that the water is at a shallower level than the gas is of indeed more concern both because of the potential break in integrity in the fracking cement lining and from the actual escape of the fracking water.

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