What the Frack Now?

2011-07-12 00:00

THE storm around Shell and other oil companies’ applications to explore for natural gas in vast areas of the Karoo just won’t die down.

The Department of Mineral Resources announced a moratorium on all applications for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the Karoo at the end of April, and appointed an internal team to investigate the viability and environmental safety.

Fracking opponents complain the task team’s composition has remained opaque and other ministries have not been consulted. The task team is due to report back with its recommendations by the end of July. As both sides gear up for a titanic fight that could end in the high court, and opinions around the controversial practice of fracking grow ever more polarised, the programme asks: who will win what?

Special Assignment’s What the Frack Now? can be seen on SABC3 at 9.30 pm tomorrow.

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.