SA one step closer to fracking

2014-03-04 09:10

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Cape Town - The South African government has suggested they will be going ahead with fracking and for the short term they will delay implementing a carbon tax.

According to IOL implementing fracking without a carbon tax implies that government is determined to retain any revenue at the expense of the environment, water safety and food security.

Carbon tax was intended to be rolled out in 2015 but it was moved to 2016. For every ton of carbon emitted according to the law mines will be levied R120.

A specialist at the at the World Wide Fund for Nature-South Africa argues that the decision by government will have a resounding impact on food, water and energy for various generations in South Africa.

Pravin Gordan in this year’s budget speech accepted that the need for minerals in South Africa had stabilised and would not pick up to drastically. Despite this Gordan will continue to promote mining by making it easier to receive a mining license. According to Christine Colvin, the senior manager of fresh water programmes for the WWF, mines in SA constitute 8% of the land that produces 50% of the water we use. Moreover mines take up 12% of arable land.

We cannot threaten the land that generates food for South Africans says Colvin. Short term revenues from mines are essentially what the Government wants and this will negatively impact water and food security.

Colvin argues that governments need to push ahead with fracking will have a long term effect on South Africa’s ability to collect water. The problems that we face now will considerably be affected by this policy. The most evident would be the pollution of water supplies by acid drained out of mines.

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