Fracking out in the open at last

A team of researchers has R12.5-million and two years to consider the effect of fracking for shale gas on the Karoo. The strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of shale gas development has to be completed in two years – before exploration for the energy source begins in earnest, assessment leader Professor Bob Scholes said this week.…

Fracking in Karoo gets a R108m injection

The R108-million investment in shale gas research, announced in Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s budget speech, was “positive” and showed “government is taking time to investigate”, World Wildlife Fund for Nature’s Saliem Fakir said. Shale gas has been touted as a way to curb climate change and reduce the world’s reliance on coal, but has been…

Fracking harmless if done properly

Episode 14 of The Science Inside looked at fracking in the Karoo. Are farmers’ concerns of water contamination valid? Is fracking the best way to solve South Africa’s energy supply problems? How will the beautiful Karoo scenery be changed by fracking?