Deadline for comment is today

2011-04-05 00:00

THE deadline for comments and objections on fracking in the Karoo is today at midday. Anyone wishing to send an objection must do so by e-mailing Marisa du Toit or Annerine Prinsloo at westernkaroo@golder.co.za. Alternatively fax any objections to 011 315 0317.

Large parts of the water-poor and ecologically sensitive Karoo region are under threat by mining operations to extract natural gas using a controversial technique called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”.

According to a website Stop Hydraulic Fracturing in the Karoo, during fracking millions of litres of water, sand and numerous chemicals are pumped into boreholes at high pressure to release natural gas (called shale gas) trapped in layers of underground rock.

A statement on the group’s website notes, “Most of the area under threat is already extremely water-stressed and cannot afford any water to be either wasted or contaminated by the fracking process …”

— Witness Reporter.

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