Fracking scope report update

2016-05-04 06:00

IN terms of the application for exploration rights for petroleum products in vast areas of KZN, Rhino Oil and Gas had to apply to Petroleum Agency South Africa­ (Pasa) for environmental authorisation of exploration activities­.

SLR Consulting (Pty) Ltd was appointed as the independent environmental assessment practitioner to undertake the necessary Scoping and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process in terms of the EIA Regulations 2014. As required the scoping report was made available to registered interested and affected parties for a 30-day comment period from 7 March to 11 April.

The comments have been compiled and responded to in a “Draft Scoping Report Comments Table” in the updated scoping report, which includes copies of each submitted comment and changes made in response to issues raised.

This scoping report was submitted to Pasa for consideration - Pasa has 43 days to reach a decision.

Should Pasa accept the scoping report, the Environmental Impact Assessment phase of the process would then commence. SLR will have 107 day to compile an EIR, which will be made available for a 30-day review period and a further notice in this regard will be distributed to registered interested and affected parties closer to the time.

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