Drakensberg region under fracking threat

01 Oct 2013 06:52 - 01 Oct 2013 06:53 #58633 by Serious tribe
How could they allow fracking in a world heritage site? Surely the status would preclude it happening in the berg?
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01 Oct 2013 07:00 - 01 Oct 2013 07:05 #58634 by plouw
I reckon it will be outside the boundary of the heritage site. But, imagine all the activity, infrastructure and people it will bring to the area, while gas is extracted. To be left abandoned again, after operations.

Go look at www.treasurethekaroo.co.za/
Jonathan Deal from TKAG is planning to take the matter to court. But they need support.
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01 Oct 2013 07:28 #58635 by intrepid
It wouldn't happen within the UDP-WHS, it's all about the area around it. There is increasing awareness and talk of the Drakensberg Buffer Zone, which is in the process of being established. Its a concept which recognises that it isn't enough to simply conserve the park itself, but that the areas surrounding it need to be managed because they in turn affect the park. With the official establishment of the Buffer Zone getting closer, I'm curious to see how this will affect the plans for fracking. I think we need to oppose the fracking for two reasons: 1) It's impact on the greater Drakensberg region, and in turn on the Drakensberg itself 2) The general impact it will have on our drinking water, regardless of where they do it.

Some relevant info:

Management of the Park is guided by an Integrated Management Plan with subsidiary plans, and is undertaken in accordance with the World Heritage Convention Act, 1999 (Act No. 49 of 1999); National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 (Act 57 of 2003); National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No 10 of 2004); KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Management Amendment Act (No 5 of 1999); World Heritage Convention Operational Guidelines; and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife policies. In terms of these legislation, all development within or outside the property is subjected to an Environmental Impact Assessment, which considers the Outstanding Universal Value of the property. In addition all World Heritage Sites are recognized as protected areas, meaning that mining or prospecting will be completely prohibited from taking place within the property or the proclaimed buffer zone. Furthermore, any unsuitable development with a potential impact on the property will not be permitted by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs who is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

whc.unesco.org/en/list/985

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01 Oct 2013 07:35 #58636 by Serious tribe
Absolutely could not agree more. It shld be banned world wide!!!

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01 Oct 2013 08:50 #58640 by Viking
Was wondering about that buffer zone too.

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01 Oct 2013 10:01 #58643 by Drakensbergie
That article just brought me back from the brink of eco-terrorism, I swear... :whistle: Man alive, great news about the Mweni too, just made my day :laugh: !!!

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17 Jan 2014 17:45 #59444 by ghaznavid
An article posted by the SA Institute of Tax Practitioners:
sait.site-ym.com/news/152072/Fracking-Tax-Will-Promote-Renewable-Energy.htm

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13 Feb 2014 20:46 #59680 by ghaznavid
Don't know if anyone was listening to the State of the Nation address - but apparently fracking is getting started soon and will be a "game changer"

Apparently EIA processes will also be shortened and mining licenses will only take 30 days to obtain in future.

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14 Feb 2014 13:42 #59685 by tiska
Lots of 'game changers' around at the moment. Fracking - cable cars......
How about some game-changing-fixing-of-broken-roads and broken-hotels? Me thinks business-as-it-should be doesn't have quite the same level of kick backs to greedy pockets.

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18 Feb 2014 20:17 - 18 Feb 2014 20:17 #59710 by intrepid

Only when the last tree has died
and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught
will we realise we cannot eat money.

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Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
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