Drakensberg region under fracking threat

25 Feb 2016 23:52 #67213 by intrepid

First fracking licences to be issued this year, Parliament told
24 FEB 2016
Cape Town - The first licences for hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, should be issued this year, an official from the department of mineral resources said in Parliament on Wednesday.

www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2016-02-24-first-fracking-licences-to-be-issued-this-year-parliament-told/#.Vs8yiJwrI7Z

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26 Feb 2016 06:32 - 26 Feb 2016 06:34 #67215 by Richard Hunt
This is a huge world wide problem and I reckon these destroyers will not get their way as the conservation minded public out number those ignorant and greedy government officials!!!
www.change.org/p/all-fracking-all-around-australia-is-to-cease-and-mining-entities-held-accountable?recruiter=161045394&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_page&utm_term=mob-xs-share_petition-no_msg
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03 Mar 2016 08:24 - 03 Mar 2016 08:29 #67260 by Serious tribe
Take 1 hour and forty minutes to watch this documentary, if time and bandwidth allows, it is well worth it! It is called Gasland.

www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/17395779888

You might also have new appreciation for the banjo.

He also has a website on which the 2013 Gasland 2 can be found. Note the frac map...South Africa is lit up in red.

www.gaslandthemovie.com
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04 Mar 2016 21:22 - 06 Mar 2016 19:39 #67272 by Richard Hunt
Hi Karl..... the link you put on for Gasland 2 has been disconnected, however Gasland 1 can watched on You Tube ...

It is extremely disturbing what FRACKING does to the environment and every person has the right in SA to stand up against it and say NO!!!!!! We surely do not want to follow the same path as the USA or other countries have. This FRACKING has disastrous consequences on the environment and every normal and sane South African must stand up against it before its too late!!!!
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08 Mar 2016 18:48 - 08 Mar 2016 18:50 #67287 by ghaznavid
News24 just posted this:
www.fin24.com/Economy/karoo-fracking-to-begin-in-12-months-govt-20160308

Some quotes that seem fitting:

Herman E. Daly wrote: There is something fundamentally wrong with treating the earth as if it were a business in liquidation.

Herman E. Daly wrote: The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the reverse.

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09 Mar 2016 19:25 #67297 by intrepid

Pietermaritzburg - With fracking applications for KwaZulu-Natal already being received, researchers have said that fracking would not be viable in South Africa for another 20 to 30 years.

Last month, Rhino Oil and Gas Exploration South Africa announced its intention to explore 3,5 million hectares of land in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, affecting areas such as Ulundi, Melmoth, Pongola, Newcastle and Vryheid.

In addition, the company, which is also currently seeking rights to explore sites in the Free State and Eastern Cape, has lodged an application to explore two sites in Pietermaritzburg and its surrounds.

In total, the company is seeking rights to explore almost 7,4 million hectares in South Africa, of which more than half is in KZN.

www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/fracking-not-viable-for-now-20160308

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10 Mar 2016 20:39 - 10 Mar 2016 20:41 #67308 by intrepid

A senior government official has spoken out strongly about the high risks of water pollution from gas fracking in one of the driest countries in the world.

Namisha Muthraparsad, acting deputy director for water use in the national Department of Water and Sanitation, warned yesterday that South Africa, as the 30th-driest country in the world, could not allow petroleum companies to pump contaminated water back underground during the gas fracking process.

“It is too risky, there are too many uncertainties, so we will not allow underground disposal of wastewater and other water produced in the fracking process,” Muthraparsad told a seminar on fracking and unconventional gas production at Cedara agricultural college near Pietermaritzburg.

She stressed that her department was neither for nor against hydraulic fracturing, a technology developed in the US to release natural gases such as methane by fracturing (fracking) deep underground rock formations using a combination of high-pressure water, sand and chemicals.

However, as the government regulator charged with ensuring wise use and protection of South Africa’s dwindling water resources, her department was already saddled with the legacy of underground water pollution from other mining industries.

Because of the shortage of clean surface water in rivers, dams and lakes, it was becoming more essential to protect underground water resources from further contamination. Noting that fracking often involved “mini-explosions” as deep as 5km underground, Muthraparsad said unconventional gas recovery processes led to the release of large volumes of saline water which could be contaminated with radioactive minerals and potentially toxic fracking fluids.

www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/official-warns-of-fracking-pollution-1995553

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13 Mar 2016 13:38 #67320 by Sterkhorn
An interesting bit of information....

It took five years for the government to say, “Wait a minute, let’s ask the experts.”
This week, the strategic environmental assessment for shale gas development in South Africa released the first chapter of its report. There will be a number of others, dealing with different aspects of shale gas exploration, such as water, infrastructure, among 10 other aspects. This report aims to give a common ground for discussion: what will the future look like in each fracking scenario? To date, there has been no collective understanding of what fracking means to South Africa.
The report lays out four scenarios

Mapping the future of fracking

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17 Nov 2018 11:33 #74209 by Herman
News doing the rounds on Facebook is that Rhino Oil and Gas are now looking at the area around Sterkfontein:

Rhino Oil & Gas have just launched an application via their consultants, SLR, to explore for oil and gas, coalbed methane and other hydrocarbons in
a huge area abutting Lesotho, parts of the Drakensberg and incorporating (which is illegal) and encircling parts of the above reserves. The application number is 12/3/346 ER. E-mail the following address to receive the BID document and register as an interested &
affected party: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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01 Dec 2018 04:43 #74297 by intrepid
This is a map of the project area for ER346 - it is the grey area. Picture and information is from  Frack Free SA Facebook page.


Public meeting info from Frack Free SA website :

Exploration Right ER346 over swathes of farms in KZN and Free State.
Public Meetings: Monday 3 Dec 15h00 Blue Haze Country Lodge, Estcourt
Tuesday 4 Dec 10h00 Bergville Farmers Association Hall
Tuesday 4 Dec 15h00 La La Nathi Country Guest House, Harrismith
Wednesday 5 Dec 15h00 Memel Farmers Association Hall
Thursday 6 Dec 15h00 Martie Lotz Hall, Clarens
Friday 7 Dec 10h00 Library Hall, Lindley

Contact Matthew Hemming for all the information on this application: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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