DA does about-turn on fracking

2012-11-25 09:53

The DA has come out in favour of fracking in the Karoo on condition that it is done responsibly and that it is well-regulated.

Delegates at the party’s federal congress today voted in favour of fracking because it could create jobs and help economic development in impoverished areas.

The party was initially opposed.

The motion was considerably changed from the initial motion proposed by the Camdeboo caucus in the Eastern Cape, which said the DA is “opposed to the process of hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo” until and unless certain conditions were met.

But Western Cape MEC Robin Carlisle suggested a change to the resolution to the DA supporting fracking, but with a long list of conditions.

“Shale gas is one of the safest and cleanest energy source,” he said.

Fracking is done to explore for shale gas.

Changes to the motion were also supported by MPs Donald Smiles and James Lorimer, who said there were huge reserves of gas in the Karoo and that there was potential for job creation and employment.

The party said in its motion that fracking was acceptable on certain conditions, including that government initiated a strategic environmental assessment, reviewed current applications by gas companies for fracking to ensure compliance and a full disclosure of chemical substances used in fracking.

Other conditions included that all water exiting drill shafts is collected and cleaned so as not to pollute surface or ground water resources, roads damaged by prospecting or extraction operations be repaired, dust and noise be controlled, and the appropriate legislation and monitoring be put in place by national government.

“There must be tough penalties for contravention,” the motion said.

Following objections to procedure, the DA has decided to reopen its fracking debate in congress when it resumes after lunch.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.