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Editorial: Nersa judgment epitomises rise in civil society vigilance

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2016 In all spheres of South African public life, the level of civil-society engagement and vigilance is rising. Increasingly, too, citizens are not merely tackling issues at the level of principle, but are also taking into account the minutiae of procedural fairness, executive responsibility and... 

Antifracking coalition delivers petition to Parliament 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th May 2016 The AfriForum and Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) alliance on Thursday petitioned Parliament to uphold its duties and hold the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to account over shale gas-related activities. The coalition was demanding oversight over the DMR and its approach in pursuing... 

AfriForum moves against fracking regulation 

By: RDM News Wire      27th November 2015 AfriForum has taken its fight against fracking a step further. The group released a statement on Friday saying it had‚ together with the Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG)‚ submitted documentation at the North Gauteng High Court “challenging the regulations with regard to petroleum... 

Fracking task team denied opportunity to address meeting

By: RDM News Wire      10th November 2015 Pro-fracking entrepreneurs brought the first public meeting of scientists studying the controversial attempt to mine gas buried deep under the Karoo to a sudden halt in Graaff-Reinet's Masizake Hall on Monday. In May‚ cabinet mandated five government departments and three science councils and... 

Portfolio committee asks for clarity on fracking 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th May 2015 The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources on Thursday said it needed a comprehensive report, as well as insight into the relevant legislation, regarding hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in South Africa. “This information will empower us to understand all the nitty-gritty aspects that are... 

TKAG wants Karoo exploration delayed until conclusion of enviro assessment  

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2015 The Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) on Friday called on government to delay publishing final regulations and issuing rights for shale gas exploration in the Karoo, until a 24-month strategic environmental assessment (SEA) has been concluded. TKAG CEO Jonathan Deal said in an open letter... 

Agency moves to process outstanding shale gas applications

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2014 The Petroleum Agency South Africa (Pasa) has confirmed on Monday that it would proceed with the processing of pending shale-gas applications received prior to February 1, 2011. The applicants affected include Shell South Africa Upstream, Falcon Oil and Gas and Challenger Energy’s Bundu Oil and... 

Petroleum agency moves to process pending shale-gas applications 

By: Terence Creamer     27th October 2014 The Petroleum Agency South Africa (Pasa) has confirmed on Monday that it would proceed with the processing of pending shale-gas applications received prior to February 1, 2011. The applicants affected include Shell South Africa Upstream, Falcon Oil and Gas and Challenger Energy’s Bundu Oil and... 

Anti-fracking lobby seeks new moratorium, keeps legal powder dry 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2014 Anti-fracking lobby group Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) and social rights group AfriForum hand delivered a letter to President Jacob Zuma this week calling on him to declare a fresh moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in South Africa, or face possible legal action. TKAG CEO Jonathan Deal... 

Ramatlhodi homes in on transforming SA mining  

By: Kim Cloete     15th July 2014 Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi has focused sharply on plans to speed up transformation in South Africa’s mining sector and enforce compliance with the Mining Charter. During his budget vote on Tuesday, he told the National Assembly that he was prepared for any eventuality flowing... 

Govt statements leave key shale gas players confused

By: Anine Kilian     21st March 2014 In his State of the Nation Address last month, President Jacob Zuma reiterated government’s belief that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) would be a game changer for the South African economy, while Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu announced in January that government would move ahead... 

State will have 20% free stake in shale gas exploitation – Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2013 The South African government would have a free-carried shareholding of 20% in entities producing shale gas in the Karoo in the future, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said on Thursday. Shabangu, who was responding to Mining Weekly Online at question time during the post-Cabinet media... 

South African shale gas production gets Cabinet thumbs up 

By: Martin Creamer     10th October 2013 The Cabinet had given the go-ahead for the gazetting of globally benchmarked technical regulations for the exploration for and production of shale gas in South Africa’s Karoo, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said on Thursday. In a special post-Cabinet media briefing, Shabangu told... 

Eskom desperate – Alliance against Fracking

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2013 The push by Eskom for fracking to proceed in South Africa demonstrates just how desperate the parastatal is to escape the energy mess that it has created for the country. “We acknowledge the expertise of Eskom chief, Mr Brian Dames to comment on South Africa's energy mix but cannot support his... 

Exploratory fracking needed to determine commercial prospects of shale gas 

By: Samantha Herbst     30th August 2013 Government’s inter-Ministerial hydraulic fracturing (fracking) monitoring committee is still working on fine-tuning regulations for a draft report on the governing of fracking in the Karoo basin, which potentially holds 390-trillion cubic feet (tcf) of technically recoverable shale gas resources,... 

Infrastructure required to realise full potential of region’s gas reserves

By: Ilan Solomons     30th August 2013 The discovery of large gas deposits on the Southern African coastline in the past three years could potentially result in significant benefits for the region; however, the lack of adequate infrastructure may hinder the full realisation of these opportunities, says global management consulting... 

Local antifracking activist bags $150 000 environmental prize

     3rd May 2013 South African environmental campaigner Jonathan Deal has been awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his work in the fight against hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the Karoo.   

Parties divided on shale gas exploration, fracking

By: Yolandi Booyens     19th October 2012 Nonprofit organisation Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) chairperson Jonathan Deal believes oil and gas company Shell has not provided any viable proof to support claims that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) will improve South Africa’s energy security, create jobs and assist in reducing... 

Shale licensing to proceed, but exploratory fracking prohibited for now 

By: Terence Creamer     11th September 2012 South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) says it will move to consider the shale-gas licence applications for the Karoo basin, but indicated on Tuesday that only “normal” exploration “excluding actual hydraulic fracturing”, or fracking, will be allowed until the country’s mining... 


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