Government’s moratorium on ‘fracking’ welcomed

2011-04-26 14:18

Agri SA president Johannes Möller has welcomed Cabinet’s endorsement of a decision by the mineral resources department to place a moratorium on fracking licences.

“The particular Cabinet decision follows Agri SA’s letter to Minister [Susan] Shabangu on March 24 requesting a moratorium on shale gas mining where fracking is proposed, pending the findings of a US inquiry currently conducted by their  Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and aimed specifically at fracking,” he said in a statement.

Agriculture in the Karoo could not afford to be exposed to uncertain shale gas development processes which could affect the economic survival and quality of life of rural communities.

“The availability and quality of subterranean water resources represent the life-artery of the area,” Möller said.

He expressed the hope that government would deal similarly with other areas in South Africa where shale gas development using this method was planned.

“We would like to be included in the multi-disciplinary team led by the department of mineral resources, which will undertake research into the implications of fracking.

“Agri SA appreciates Cabinet’s commitment to a clean environment whereby ecological aspects will not be compromised,” Möller said.

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