http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.36Change: 0.23
R/$ = 11.65Change: 0.01
Au 1190.59 $/ozChange: -5.50
Pt 1199.50 $/ozChange: -1.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Apr 05, 2011

Action group wants moratorium on Karoo ‘fracking’ applications

Back
Cape Town|Africa|Exploration|Havemann Inc|Karoo Action Group|Marine|PROJECT|Renewable Energy|Renewable-Energy|Resources|Shell|Sustainable|Water|Africa|Canada|France|South Africa|United Kingdom|United States|Institute Of Marine|Energy|Energy Giant|Hydraulic Fracturing Technology|Liquid Chemical Mixture|Shale Gas|Shale Gas Project|Shale Gas Reserves|Toxic And Hazardous Chemicals|Environmental|University Of Cape Town|Jan Glazewski|Jonathan Deal|Lewis Pugh|Luke Havemann|Susie Brownlie|Water|Chemicals|The Fundamental Dependence|Fracturing|Hydraulic Fracturing Technology|Technology Of Hydraulic Fracturing
|Africa|Exploration|Marine|PROJECT|Renewable Energy|Renewable-Energy|Resources|Shell|Sustainable|Water|Africa|||Energy||Environmental|University Of Cape Town|Water||
cape-town|africa-company|exploration|havemann-inc|karoo-action-group|marine|project|renewable-energy|renewable-energy-company|resources|shell|sustainable|water-company|africa|canada|france|south-africa|united-kingdom|united-states|institute-of-marine|energy|energy-giant|hydraulic-fracturing-technology|liquid-chemical-mixture|shale-gas|shale-gas-project|shale-gas-reserves|toxic-and-hazardous-chemicals|environmental|university-of-cape-town|jan-glazewski|jonathan-deal|lewis-pugh|luke-havemann|susie-brownlie|water|chemicals-product|the-fundamental-dependence|fracturing|hydraulic-fracturing-technology-technology|technology-of-hydraulic-fracturing
© Reuse this



Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG), an organisation established to promote the environmentally sustainable development of the Karoo, on Tuesday submitted its written objection to energy giant Shell’s application to use hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) in its search for shale gas in South Africa.

The group also urged government to put an “immediate end” to not only Shell’s application, but also to decline any future fracking exploration in the Karoo.

The written objection, which has been served to the Petroleum Agency of South Africa (Pasa) and Shell, is a 104-page critical review of the energy group’s draft environmental management plan (EMP) for its proposed Karoo shale gas project and its proposal to use hydraulic fracturing technology.

Fracking involves the injection of a liquid chemical mixture contained in vast quantities of water into deep boreholes to create pressure to cause fracturing of rocks, which will determine the potential of the shale gas reserves.

Speaking at a press conference in Cape Town, TKAG director Dr Luke Havemann said that the common thread running through the written objection was that Shell’s EMP contained insufficient information for government to make an informed decision on the application.

The main concerns highlighted in the document included Shell’s vagueness about the source of the water required for fracking in a water-stressed region of the country, as well as the potentially severe adverse health effects on both people and ecosystems resulting from possible contamination of surface water and groundwater, given the use of potentially toxic and hazardous chemicals and the fundamental dependence of lives and livelihoods on water.

Concern was also raised about the fact that moratoria in a significant number of developed countries, including the UK, Canada, France, and some states within the US, have been placed on fracking, pending the undertaking of further studies.

Significantly, Havemann stated that there was a concern over the lack of alignment of Shell’s application with a number of constitutional and national environmental management provisions, including the right to ecologically sustainable development and inter-generational equity.

Environmental activist Lewis Pugh noted that Shell’s application to start hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo was unconstitutional.

“I find it very difficult to foresee a situation whereby Shell’s application can go through and stand up to our constitution.”

It was also stated that Shell’s proposal to exploit shale gas reserves had not been weighed up against those of the renewable energy sector, which had more long-term environmentally sustainable benefits for the country.

The document was compiled by Dr Havemann of Cape Town-based law firm Havemann Inc, which specialises in energy affairs, Prof Jan Glazewski of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Law at the University of Cape Town and environmental consultant Susie Brownlie.

They drew on input received from 22 scientists from a range of disciplines varying from public health, economics and biodiversity to paleontology and astronomy.

TKAG national spokesperson Jonathan Deal pointed out that Shell was not the only applicant interested in exploiting the Karoo’s shale gas resources.

Deal said that there were many companies eyeing the Karoo so TKAG’s ultimate objective was to stop the technology of hydraulic fracturing from being used in South Africa.

Consequently, TKAG urged government to place a long-term moratorium on fracking until all the risks and potential consequences, particularly with respect to water resources and public health, had been investigated in both an international and national context.

Havemann added that this was essential since there was neither a national policy in place to define fracking, nor was there capacity at present to enforce compliance with any of the conditions of approval.

TKAG said it was prepared to take the issue to the Constitutional Court and was similarly prepared to lobby every shareholder of the Shell group to prevent fracking in the Karoo.
 

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Energy News
anzania's attorney general resigned late on Tuesday, becoming the first political casualty in an energy corruption scandal in the east African country that has led Western donors to delay aid and weakened the currency. The resignation followed a vote in parliament...
South Africa will increase diesel and gas imports and sign a private sector coal-fired power plant deal as it seeks to halt chronic electricity shortages, the cabinet said on Thursday. The rand fell to its weakest level against the dollar in six years this week as a...
Independent upstream oil & gas company SacOil has appointed Sasol corporate finance VP Damian Matroos company CFO with effect from February 1, 2015, replacing acting FD Tariro Mudzimuirema, who would return to the position of FM on the same date.  Matroos holds a...
More
 
 
Latest News
South African cement firm PPC on Wednesday named a mining industry veteran as chief executive, ending a three-month leadership vacuum that has hit its shares. PPC's former CE Ketso Gordhan abruptly resigned in September after clashing with the board. He then...
anzania's attorney general resigned late on Tuesday, becoming the first political casualty in an energy corruption scandal in the east African country that has led Western donors to delay aid and weakened the currency. The resignation followed a vote in parliament...
Forces allied to Libya's conflict parties clashed with heavy weapons on Tuesday over control of the country's biggest oil ports in the east as the European Union was considering sanctions on people obstructing U.N.-brokered peace talks. The United Nations had...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
South Africa remains an important manufacturing and export platform for Ford Motor Company, says executive chairperson Bill Ford. However, he adds that other countries on the continent are “becoming interesting”, and that the US carmaker is casting its net wider for...
TO BE PHASED INTO SERVICE The first MeerKAT dish, with another 63 to come
Germany’s Max-Planck-Society (MPG) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPlfR) are investing €11-million (about R150-million) into South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array programme. The money will be used to design, build and install S-band radio...
Infrastructure spend in sub-Saharan Africa will grow from $70-billion in 2013 to $180-billion by 2025, says PwC capital projects and infrastructure Africa leader Jonathan Cawood. This is one of the findings of PwC’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure report on East...
Private-owned defence and aerospace manufacturer Paramount Group and the Ichikowitz Family Foundation unveiled its Anti-Poaching Skills and K9 Training Academy in Magaliesburg last month.
MATT BARKER Wireless networks should enable users to engage and must provide relevant information to them based on their activity and location
The inclusion of Bluetooth to provide sub-three meter accuracy and heightened functionality for users is one of the ways to change existing wireless networks into engagement networks. An engagement network differs from common wireless networks in that it enables the...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks