Protesters boycott Shell service stations in a bid against fracking

2013-10-21 00:00

THE persistent rains on Friday could do little to deter protesters in Durban objecting to fracking, a bid to protect the environment and the scarce water resources.

Earthlife Africa eThekwini and Greenpeace embarked on a consumer boycott at all Shell service stations in Durban yesterday to voice their objections.

Fracking uses millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals to break open shale rock deep underground to release previously unrecoverable deposits of oil and gas, a process that has been dismissed by various energy conserving companies.

Alice Thompson of Earthlife Africa eThekwini said: “We are opposing fracking for various reasons, one being the fact that it uses huge quantities of water. About 640 million litres of water is used to frack one ‘well pad’ once, thus threatening South Africa’s scarce water resources.”

“Fracking will also negatively impact land redistribution by polluting and devaluing the land. We do not believe this is a climate change solution, and fracking will ultimately impact us negatively.”

Anti-fracking campaigns went global on Saturday with large oil companies in support of fracking around the world being boycotted.

According to Climate and Energy Campaigner for Greenpeace Africa, Ruth Mhlanga, Greenpeace Africa believes there are other solutions to climate issues and fracking is not one of them.

“We need renewable energy solutions such as solar and wind energy which will provide many more jobs than coal, nuclear or fracking. Shell is the main company lobbying the government for fracking in South Africa but large oil companies around the world are doing the same,” said Mhlanga.

“We will not stand for fracking to take place anywhere. The damage it would cause to our Earth will be irreversible with sea life and our rain forests in danger.”

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