Total drops shale gas exploration in Poland

2014-04-14 18:31

Total has abandoned efforts to explore for shale gas in Poland, the country's environment ministry says, amid controversy over the energy source in Europe.

Romanians protest against Chevron fracking

2014-04-07 09:38

Thousands took to the streets in Romania to protest against plans by US energy giant Chevron to drill for shale gas.

UK could begin fracking in 4 years

2014-04-02 13:14

Shale gas production in the UK could begin within four years if the current crisis in Ukraine escalates to such an extent that a national state of emergency is declared.

Fracking: Its risks on wildlife

2014-03-14 09:44

A UK study argues that fracking has the potential to ravage the habitats of various wildlife species.

Shell: Fracking may not make us money

2014-03-12 12:21

Multinational Shell says that fracking in the Karoo for shale gas may not be financially viable and would like to explore the option by placing 24 exploration wells in the Karoo.

UK not ready for shale gas exploration

2014-03-05 21:17

The UK may be a prime location for shale gas exploration, but a lack of onshore drilling infrastructure and local opposition will impede development, experts and geologists say.

Zuma: Shale gas to transform economy

2014-02-13 22:03

Shale gas in the Karoo will prove a game-changer for the economy, President Jacob Zuma says.

Zuckerberg tops US philanthropist list

2014-02-10 21:15

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have topped a list of the biggest US philanthropic donors in 2013, giving away nearly $1bn.

Drought threatens US fracking - study

2014-02-06 09:40

The two years of drought in the central US is placing strains on the water-intense oil and gas fracking industry, according to a new study

SA government to accelerate fracking

2014-02-04 12:00

Government will move ahead with exploring for shale gas, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu says.

Total deal speeds up shale gas race

2014-01-13 19:30

Total has become the first major oil and gas company to strike a deal to explore for shale gas in Britain.

Fracking disrupts our hormones

2013-12-18 05:00

A new study shows that the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, can disrupt the body's reproductive hormones, causing infertility, cancer and birth defects.

Fracking disrupts our hormones

2013-12-17 14:00

A new study shows that the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, can disrupt the body's reproductive hormones, causing infertility, cancer and birth defects.

Fracking disrupts our hormones

2013-12-17 11:35

A new study shows that the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, can disrupt the body's reproductive hormones, causing infertility, cancer and birth defects.

Chevron resumes Romania shale operations

2013-12-08 11:19

Chevron has started work again at its shale exploration site in eastern Romania, a day after hundreds of anti-fracking protesters stopped operations there.

Fracking a game changer for Karoo - Zuma

2013-11-29 22:08

President Jacob Zuma says the discovery of shale gas in the Karoo creates possibilities for growth and economic development in the Northern Cape.

Chevron files suit against protesters

2013-11-08 19:49

Chevron say it has filed a civil lawsuit against protesters in Poland who have prevented it from reaching a site where it plans to explore for shale gas.

Romanians keep up anti-fracking marches

2013-10-28 15:26

Romanians have rallied against a controversial Canadian gold mine project and shale gas exploration in weekly demos that have turned into long-running protests.

DA must up the ante on fracking - group

2013-10-11 16:48

The DA should react as strongly to the possibility of fracking as it did to e-tolling in Gauteng, the Treasure the Karoo Action Group says.

Fracking draft regulations get the nod

2013-10-10 15:46

Petroleum exploration and exploitation, including shale gas, will contribute to the economy, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu says.

Fracking boom fuels Argentina's dreams

2013-10-03 08:32

Argentina is investing heavily in shale oil, hoping to ride it to energy self-sufficiency and end dependence on imports that cost billions of dollars each year.

UK acts to reassure public on shale gas

2013-09-09 19:30

Britain's energy secretary has moved to reassure the public about shale gas fracking, downplaying any risk of groundwater contamination.

Fracking a threat to water, says Wessa

2013-09-06 07:26

Fracking is a threat to water resources in the greater Karoo, the Wildlife and Environment Society of SA (Wessa) has said.

Cyanide scare causes 1000s to protest fracking, gold mine

2013-09-02 07:20

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Romania to protest against shale gas exploration and a controversial Canadian gold mine project.


ANC 'exploiting fracking' for election

2014-04-10 16:30

ANC secretary general Gwede Msntashe has been accused of using the issue of fracking as an election ploy.

AfriForum looks into fracking corruption

2014-04-04 15:22

AfriForum has expressed deep concerns over the fact that an Australian company has been given certain rights in the Karoo, rights that were possibly obtained underhandedly.

Fracking....a close reality

2014-03-24 11:29

Fracking is one step closer to becoming a reality, as government moves closer to shale gas exploration in the Karoo with the release of new regulations.

EU excludes shale gas from tough code

2014-03-13 07:29

EU politicians have voted for tougher rules on exposing the environmental impact of oil and conventional gas exploration, while excluding shale gas.

Sasol keen for SA shale gas action

2014-03-11 05:30

Sasol CEO David Constable says the group is excited about the technologies it can bring to the table once the country's fracking industry gets off the ground.

Govt energy policy to cost SA taxpayer R700 billion

2014-02-27 10:22

The SA government insists on going ahead with expensive coal plants, fracking and nuclear projects that will cost South African taxpayers an estimated R700 billion.

Fracking not a miracle solution

2014-02-14 08:29

Shale oil and gas have had limited benefits for the US economy and their advantages for Europe will be even slimmer.

Fracking foes see drought as new weapon

2014-02-12 14:36

California fracking opponents, aiming to stop the development of state oil reserves, are focusing their drive around the state's record-breaking drought.

Fracks of life

2014-02-10 07:16

Destroying the Karoo may not yield the envisaged rewards, says Mandi Smallhorne.

SA to move ahead with shale gas exploration

2014-02-05 09:56

South Africa's minerals minister said that the country will move ahead 'decisively' with the exploration of shale gas.

EU issues fracking rules

2014-01-22 21:03

The European Commission has issued recommendations to ensure that clear environmental safeguards are in place when the controversial technique of fracking is used to tap shale gas reserves.

Tax breaks for fracking firms in UK

2014-01-13 16:50

British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised tax breaks worth millions of pounds to local councils who encourage shale gas development.

UK set to launch shale licensing round

2013-12-17 19:21

Britain's latest licensing round to allow companies to explore for shale gas will be launched in early summer, the government says.

Fracking disrupts our hormones

2013-12-17 13:08

A new study shows that the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, can disrupt the body's reproductive hormones, causing infertility, cancer and birth defects.

British PM urges EU to cut fracking red tape

2013-12-17 08:40

British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso that the continent risks being left behind in the shale gas revolution unless red tape is cut.

Romania riot police clear shale gas protesters

2013-12-02 15:18

Riot police armed with batons have forcibly removed some 100 villagers who had been camping out for weeks in protest of Chevron's shale gas plans, witnesses say.

No fracking in Botswana's wildlife park

2013-11-20 17:36

Botswana's government says environmental protection is key in its search for natural gas, rejecting claims that fracking was underway in its top wildlife park.

Fracking a low risk to public health - UK review

2013-11-01 07:23

The risks to public health from emissions caused by fracking for shale oil and gas are low as long as operations are properly regulated, the UK government's health agency says.

GDF Suez to boost UK shale exploration

2013-10-22 12:29

France's GDF Suez is the second heavyweight energy firm to dip a toe into British shale gas exploration.

Gas will bring wealth - Shabangu

2013-10-10 22:27

Petroleum exploration and exploitation, including shale gas, will contribute to the economy, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu says.

TKAG: SA government gullible on fracking

2013-10-10 14:35

The government needs to involve all parties affected by fracking in a comprehensive and far-reaching study, the Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) has said.

Shale boom remakes US energy, economy

2013-09-25 09:29

The US shale boom is remaking the nation's industrial landscape and raising the prospect of energy independence in the world's biggest oil consumer.

UK shale gas green

2013-09-09 16:44

Shale gas production in Britain should not hinder the UK's ability to meet its climate change targets.

Fracking notice gazetted

2013-09-03 15:42

A notice of intention to declare fracking a controlled activity has been gazetted, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says.

Fracking touted as Quebec eyes energy boom

2013-09-01 12:30

Quebec's largest energy firm, Petrolia, is eyeing an estimated 40 billion barrels of oil beneath the surface of Anticosti Island.

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