Drakensberg region under fracking threat

18 Feb 2014 21:40 #59711 by Richard Hunt
Fracking in the KZN Midlands is all over the local news and making headlines in all the local papers. It looks like the big boys have already years of plans in place and now it is just a matter of implementing them!!!! Check out this link>

midlandsconservanciesforum.wordpress.com/tag/fracking/

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18 Feb 2014 21:48 #59712 by ghaznavid
A number of Dr Seuss quotes also come to mind. Some other interesting ones:

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.” ― Mahatma Gandhi (this is backed up by the global income per capita being approximately $70 000 per person)

“There is something fundamentally wrong in treating the Earth as if it were a business in liquidation.” ― Herman E. Daly

“If civilization is to survive, it must live on the interest, not the capital, of nature.” ― Ronald Wright

Unfortunately I have done too much research on the world economy to actually be optimistic enough to think the 2008 recession is over. The economic state of the world is really scary right now - there's a bit of meat between the massive bubbles that are present in the global economy. If we look at historical patterns and the current state of the world economy - the prospects for the next 10 years are actually quite scary.

For those who don't want to see what I am talking about, just ignore this part :laugh: I know most people switch off when I get onto this topic (what I say is mostly based on a few papers written by economists predicting the 2008 recession - so they are quite old papers, but have been correct so far)...
Warning: Spoiler! [ Click to expand ]

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22 Feb 2014 17:35 #59723 by Spykid
The Drakensberg region act's as a sponge, taking up lots of water from the high altitudes and supply vast areas with fresh water. They want to poison and pollute most of the fresh water.So easy to bribe people these days. Just pay them in R10 notes so that it look like a lot!

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03 Mar 2014 14:06 #59777 by Sterkhorn
Apparently tonight at 19.30 on SABC2, 50/50 will be discussing the fracking issue in SA.

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09 Apr 2014 08:07 #60244 by intrepid

AfriForum and the Treasure the Karoo Action Group have expressed deep concerns over the fact that Bundu Gas & Oil Exploration has been given certain rights in the Karoo.
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According to a 2010 report, Bundu’s managing director reported to his shareholders that their application to become involved in the fracking initiative in the Karoo had been denied. He however reported that by leveraging the company’s connections in South Africa, they could make a new application over a larger area.

What may be shocking to note is that the second application has already been accepted by the Petroleum Agency of Southern Africa.

www.news24.com/Green/News/AfriForum-looks-into-fracking-corruption-20140404

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

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03 Aug 2014 12:27 - 03 Aug 2014 16:09 #61441 by intrepid
Here are some recent articles on fracking that I have read:
Study Finds More Costs Than Benefits From Fracking
Fracking Waste Puts Americans’ Drinking Water at Risk
NY Communities Triumph Over Fracking Industry In Precedent-Setting Case

There is also a petition running on Avaaz against fracking in SA:
secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_fracking_in_South_Africa/?pv=17
What happens in the Karoo will likely set the precedent for what happens in the Drakensberg region.

I'd like to call on the South African public to inform themselves about fracking. Avoid simply having a knee-jerk reaction about it. Read about it, look at the facts, think about the pros and cons. And if arrive at your own conclusion that it should be stopped, then join the campaign against it.

All too often we are too lax and uninformed about issues until it is too late. Like the Gauteng eToll issue, attempts are made to sneak these kind of things quitely through the public consultation phase. And in addition, did anyone else see the pro-fracking video released by Shell which is a sponsored post on Facebook recently? It seems to be aimed at a South African audience.

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
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03 Aug 2014 14:45 #61442 by ghaznavid
And when all the water is destroyed, we'll just sit back and drink the paper we used to call money...
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03 Aug 2014 22:16 #61444 by ASL
I have signed the petition. What else can we do to ensure fracking does not happen? :angry:

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04 Aug 2014 11:19 #61448 by LouisvV
Petition signed and e-mailed to all my family & friends.

ASL, best we can do is to spread the word and 'educate' people on the negatives of fracking.

I downloaded GasLand (a documentary about fracking) and other fracking videos & documentaries, burned them on discs and gave to my family & friends to watch - they all are against it now.

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04 Aug 2014 11:53 #61449 by intrepid
A good strategy right now is to support the Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG). They are fighting this on a legal level too. If they win the Karoo, again, it will have implications for the Berg.
www.treasurethekaroo.co.za/get-involved

African Conservation Trust (ACT) is quite involved in the fight against fracking in the Berg. This is their general Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/ACTsafrica
And this one is specifically for the campaign against fracking in the Berg:
www.facebook.com/NoFrackingTheDrakensberg

As in the campaign against the cableway, VE may make an alliance with ACT in this regard too.

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

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