Fracking activists sued

2012-08-02 12:10

Johannesburg - A group opposing shale gas exploration in the Karoo is being sued for more than R400 000 in outstanding legal fees, a lawyer said on Wednesday.

"I can confirm that we are suing Mr Jonathan Deal of the Treasure the Karoo Action Group for outstanding legal fees in the amount of R424 125," Luke Havemann, of Havemann and Associates Incorporated, said in a statement.

"A summons was issued to Mr Deal on Wednesday last week."

Havemann said Deal briefed the company in his personal capacity to provide legal services to TKAG. Deal denied this.

"I don't owe the money to him and I have no intention of paying him the money.

"Other than that I have no comment, but [I] can say that this will have no effect on our anti-fracking campaign. We remain focused on the campaign."

On Wednesday, TKAG said it was preparing for a legal wrangle with the government over the extraction of shale gas from the Karoo using a method called hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking.

TKAG had set up a legal team in preparation for a confrontation to prevent fracking in the Karoo. In 2011, the mineral resources department imposed a moratorium on fracking, with the aim of first undertaking a study into its environmental impact.

  • bones.mine - 2012-08-02 15:38

    Oh Frack!!!

  • Billy - 2012-08-02 15:57

    is that picture real? the 'water' burning from the tap? if it is, how can fracking even be considered?! its insane!!

      Cavefacio - 2012-08-02 16:24

      No it is not real. Google it.

      Adil Smit - 2012-08-03 00:12

      There are many reports of methane in tap water and methane burns when set alight.

  • morgaenart.farto - 2012-08-04 18:13

    Hopefully they will also sue Marina Louw's fadass while they are about it!

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