Fracking: Urgent call to test Karoo drinking water

2015-01-22 10:46

Health experts have issued a call to test drinking water quality in the Karoo ahead of proposed shale gas mining, which carries potential cancer risks.

Alec Hogg: US resurgence – unleashing human potential works

2014-12-29 12:06

As 2014 winds down, its message to managers of national economies couldn’t be stronger. A resurgent America is back with annualised GDP growth of 5%.

New York bans fracking

2014-12-18 07:46

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he would ban hydraulic fracking in New York State, citing health concerns about the controversial oil and gas drilling technique.

Fracking may be as bad for our health as tobacco and asbestos

2014-12-05 09:51

An influential UK government report has compared the potential risks of fracking to other infamously harmful agents that were used before their health effects were studied.

Germany to leave door ajar for fracking

2014-11-20 11:12

Germany's government plans to stop short of an outright ban on the controversial technique of fracking for gas, bowing to pressure from industry.

Germany reiterates ban on fracking

2014-11-17 16:27

Germany has no plans to lift a ban on fracking, following a report in news magazine Der Spiegel that it was considering lowering the hurdles for shale gas extraction.

Shell talks about regasification and fracking

2014-11-12 14:20

Shell is looking for local partners to invest in “regasification” plants, and has disclosed more information about plans to frack in the Karoo.

BHP tests 40-yr US ban on crude exports

2014-11-05 10:54

BHP Billiton is planning to ship ultra light oil from the US without government permission, a move that will test a four-decade ban on crude exports.

Three firms eye fracking in the Karoo

2014-09-26 05:00

Five applications from three firms seeking permission to explore for shale gas in the Karoo have been received, says Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi.

SKA builders warn on fracking interference

2014-09-03 15:54

The builders of the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope in the Northern Cape hope to co-exist with shale gas prospectors, but if needs be, will invoke astronomy laws to protect their interests.

Fracking pollutes drinking water: action group

2014-09-01 14:00

The government must stop the process of regulating shale gas exploration until it has considered all the evidence, the Treasure Karoo Action Group says.

AfriForm, TKAG appeal to public protector over fracking

2014-08-25 13:33

AfriForum and TKAG have confirmed that they will be submitting a written complaint to the Public Protector to address President Jacob Zuma’s exploration of shale gas mining.

Refracking brings oil and gas wells to life

2014-08-20 09:30

Wells sunk as little as three years ago are being fracked again, the latest innovation in the technology-driven shale oil revolution.

Debate on fracking set to take on new tone

2014-08-06 21:10

The Treasure Karoo Action Group says it will keep an open mind on claims that shale gas may be a "game changer" for the economy, after a meeting with government.

UK re-opens fracking proposals

2014-07-28 16:30

Energy firms will be able to bid for licenses to explore for shale gas in the UK, three years after the fracking process caused seismic tremors which led the government to suspend operations.

Failures in monitoring US fracking

2014-07-23 13:50

Strained by resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in the US, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or provide clear information to citizens.

Zuma must halt fracking in Karoo - TKAG, AfriForum

2014-07-22 12:49

President Jacob Zuma has been given 30 days to halt the issuing of exploration licences for fracking in the Karoo, the Treasure Karoo Action Group and AfriForum say.

US set to pass Russia, Saudi in shale boom

2014-07-10 14:30

The US is on track to overtake Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer of crude oil four years into the shale revolution, say analysts.

Greenpeace activists block shale site

2014-07-07 15:33

Greenpeace activists have chained themselves to the gates of a Chevron shale gas exploration well in eastern Romania, blocking access to the site.

Total to do test drilling for shale gas

2014-07-04 20:00

Total plans to drill Denmark's first test wells for shale gas in December or January, says the French energy firm.

US fracking giant goes to China

2014-06-12 09:45

State-of-the-art American fracking technology is coming to China's vast shale deposits as a result of a joint venture between FTS International and Sinopec.

How fracking helps US beat German industry

2014-06-02 15:35

Fracking has allowed the global energy industry to access vast new energy supplies.

Venezuela to venture into shale gas exploration

2014-05-22 09:45

Venezuela will begin shale gas exploration, partnering with Brazil's Petrobras and America's Williams International Oil & Gas, the country's energy minister says.


Scientist call to test Karoo drinking water before fracking starts

2015-01-22 10:41

Health experts and anti-fracking advocates have issued an urgent call to test drinking water quality in the Karoo before proposed shale gas mining, which carries potential cancer risks, commences.


Unearthed, an independent South African feature documentary, investigates fracking in the United States – the technology’s place of origin – in order to understand what this new method of gas extraction could mean for the semi-arid Karoo and other countries who are considering its implementation.

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Fracking likely to start in 2017

2014-12-05 22:35

Government says shale gas exploration will be guided by licence conditions, while Shell says drilling will likely start in 2017 if licences are awarded next year.

Germany to leave door ajar for fracking

2014-11-20 22:28

Germany's government plans to stop short of an outrage ban on the controversial technique of fracking for gas, bowing to pressure from industry.

Germany reiterates ban on fracking

2014-11-17 17:05

Germany is not planning to lift a ban on fracking, following a report that it was considering lowering the hurdles for shale gas extraction to allow test drilling.

Fracking accident kills one

2014-11-14 10:43

A worker for US contractor Halliburton has died in an accident on a fracking site in Colorado which also badly injured two others, a company spokesperson said.

Shell pushes govt for shale gas licence

2014-11-05 21:17

Shell is pressing the government to decide on its application to explore for shale gas in the Karoo, which may contain some of the world's largest reserves.

Karoo fracking by winter 2016

2014-10-28 15:37

The first exploratory drill head could be biting its way down through Karoo rock in search of shale gas by as early as mid-2016.

Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

2014-09-16 05:00

Tainted water in two states in the US come from leaky gas wells, not fracking itself a study says.

Water shortages crimp China shale gas plans

2014-09-02 16:42

More than 60% of China's vast shale gas deposits are in regions with scarce water resources, complicating plans to tap the natural gas, according to a US-based research group.

Fracking pollutes drinking water: TKAG

2014-09-01 13:35

Government must stop the legislative process underway to regulate shale gas exploration until it has considered all the evidence, the Treasure Karoo Action Group says.

Refracking brings 'vintage' oil and gas wells to life

2014-08-21 12:07

A fracking boom isn't enough for US oil and gas producers - they're now starting the re-fracking boom.

Areva may have negative credit rating

2014-08-07 16:30

French nuclear group Areva may find its investment grade credit rating under threat after warning of lower sales.

Oil giant to drill off Durban coastline

2014-08-03 11:20

Environmentalists in KwaZulu-Natal are up in arms over ExxonMobil's plans to drill for oil and gas off Durban's southern coastline.

UK allows conditional fracking in national parks

2014-07-28 09:02

Fracking will be allowed in British national parks in "exceptional circumstances", according to government guidelines.

Fracking process marred by 'ineptitude'

2014-07-23 07:55

An anti-fracking group has threatened a legal challenge to government's shale gas plans, saying the regulatory process has been marked by "patent ineptitude".

Dozens of anti-fracking protesters arrested

2014-07-15 12:35

Two dozen protesters were arrested in Washington, while demonstrating against hydraulic fracturing and the US gas industry's push to sell 'fracked' liquefied natural gas abroad.

Greenpeace blocks Chevron's shale gas site

2014-07-08 09:42

About 20 Greenpeace activists have blocked access to a Romanian shale gas exploration site run by US energy group Chevron, in a third attempt to scupper the company's operations.

Germany could outlaw fracking until 2021

2014-07-04 22:21

Germany could ban fracking until at least 2021 and strictly regulate the use of any such technology in future in new policy proposals.

Fracking wastewater causes quakes: Study

2014-07-04 10:57

A new study explains how just four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up a US city.

WWF: Fracking may destroy SA water

2014-06-18 13:29

Government's intention to go ahead with shale gas exploration and more coal mining could have a devastating effect on South Africa's water supply, the World Wide Fund for Nature says.

Cadres must be competent: Mantashe

2014-06-08 15:24

The appointment of individuals to top positions in municipalities must be based on competence and not on political connections, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says.

Texas: Can't tie water contamination to drilling

2014-05-29 09:29

The amount of explosive gas tainting a Texas neighbourhood’s water supply has increased in recent years, but the state's gas regulator says it can't link the methane to drilling activity nearby.

Chevron explores for shale gas in Romania

2014-05-07 15:03

US energy major Chevron says it has started drilling its first exploration well for shale gas in Romania despite fierce opposition from local residents.

Family wins millions against fracking company

2014-04-25 14:44

A Court in the US has awarded a family $2.9m after their water and air was polluted by a oil company for their fracking initiatives.

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