Treasure the Karoo Action Group update

The GCTCA fully supports all the efforts of TKAG and deplores the Government’s actions.

TKAG 

October Newsletter 

Treasure the Karoo Action group updates

issue 45 – October 2014

http://www.treasurethekaroo.co.za

Map of exploration locations for Shale Gas Fracking

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The past few months have been important in the anti-fracking campaign as the government is augmenting regulations to allow exploration of shale gas to proceed.

TKAG has recently written to the President and several Cabinet Ministers, placing relevant studies, reports and evidence in front of them that highlight the risks of shale gas mining, urging a cautious approach. After our communication being ignored, we decided to lay a formal complaint with the Public Protector, where the matter will be investigated. 


Following frequent questions about fracking in South Africa, we have prepared a short Q and A below:


 

Do companies have the right to proceed with exploration?

No, no company has the right to explore for or extract shale gas in South Africa. Once fracking regulations are finalised (expected to take place during late 2014 or early 2015), the Department of Mineral Resources will assess the applications and refuse or grant the license.

What is the position of the government?

The government is generally of the opinion that if shale operations are regulated well, the environment and the public would be protected. While this does not account for certain geological conditions or human error, the current law enforcement track record of the DMR in mining operations unfortunately does also not bode well for this statement to be considered accurate. The oil industry has been lobbying intensively to sell shale gas to the South African government which, unfortunately, seems to have swallowed the promises of job creation and prosperity.

Why does fracking affect South Africans?

Even though we are still in the early phases, almost a fifth of South Africa is under application for shale gas exploration. This includes the Karoo, parts of the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Free State. Apart from heritage implications, water quality and quantity, food availability and the economic considerations of damaged roads, impacts on health, tourism, agriculture, air quality and water that would have to be borne by South African tax payers are of concern.
South Africans have a constitutional right to an environment that is not harmful to their health and well-being. We believe that shale gas could threaten this right.

What does TKAG do?

We are a small non-profit organisation focused on awareness, accountability and advocacy around the issue of shale gas mining. With very limited resources, we have been vocal in this debate for more than 3 years, doing research, commenting on legislation, participating in government workshops and meetings, conferences, writing to different departments, the applicants and maintaining a media campaign to counter the claims by industry and industry partners, politicians and government stakeholders and to raise awareness. We have also prepared and maintained a legal campaign and response to the issuing of licenses under the current circumstances. We have been on several trips to affected areas to inform communities about the potential risks and have worked with other organisations on various campaigns.

What can South Africans do to become involved?

  • Awareness : talk about fracking, share information on your social media, at the workplace or schools (contact us for more information)
  • Donate: If we could get a monthly commitment of R50 per month from 2000 South Africans, we would be able to expand and maintain our
    operations significantly.
  • MySchool: we are being registered as a beneficiary on the MySchool card programme and we need a 100 completed forms in order for the registration to be finalised.(Contact us for more information)
  • Any professional input from academics, consultants would be welcomed.
  • For any further information, please contact
    justin@treasurethekaroo.co.za or research@treasurethekaroo.co.za

 

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