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Shale gas in the Karoo

THE huge shale gas reserve in the Karoo should not benefit only a few politically connected people, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said yesterday.

Shell SA is one of five companies that are seeking exploration licences in the Karoo, and its black economic empowerment (BEE) partner in its downstream business is Thebe Investments. The African […]

What we should know about Shell the oil company

Shell wants us to believe that in exploring for and extracting natural gas from underground layers of shale in the Karoo using the polluting and extremely water-intensive technique of hydraulic fracturing […]

Fracking the Karoo could dryout SA’s telescope bid

South Africa could become a place for further great scientific discovery or we could become a country that poisons groundwater supplies in order to burn more fossil fuels […]

Put Karoo fracking on hold, says DA

The party warned of the risk of the prospecting contaminating water.

“The proposal by Shell to explore for gas over 90000km² of the southwestern Karoo Basin is premature and should not be entertained by the Petroleum Agency of SA,” DA water and environmental affairs spokesman Gareth Morgan said.

The DA was concerned about the use […]

Fracking Karoo

Which lies atop a vast – and evidently gassy – shale formation. They’re lining up for it! Shell International and oil and gas company Falcon already have a licence to scout for gas. And potentially flood the Karoo’s groundwater with tasty chemicals. […]