Shell welcomes fracking decision

2012-09-07 20:16

Cape Town - Oil giant Shell is pleased with Cabinet's decision to lift the moratorium on shale gas exploration in South Africa.

"Shell welcomes this decision. The Karoo Basin offers a potential exploration opportunity for shale gas, which we believe will be instrumental in meeting South Africa's growing energy demand," Shell SA chairperson Bonang Mohale said in a statement on Friday.

This would help create sustainable and permanent jobs for South Africans.

According to the statement, Shell would "continue to work closely with local people in the Karoo, and other stakeholders, to address concerns and ensure they benefit from our work".

It would also "continue to listen to the views of Karoo residents and explain in detail what our plans entail".

Shell was investing "significant resources" globally in developing natural gas as a cleaner energy source to help meet surging energy demands.

Chamber of commerce sees benefits

Natural gas development, including the potential development in the Karoo, would bring great benefits to local communities through job creation and local business opportunities, it said.

Meanwhile, the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said environmental concerns about exploratory fracking must be balanced against the economic benefits it could bring.

"The potential environmental consequences must be balanced against the economic benefits that would accrue to the country should it become more self-reliant in terms of energy resources," Sacci CEO Neren Rau said in a statement.

Sacci supported the fact that companies wanting to undertake shale gas exploration would have to comply with stringent South African environmental impact assessment standards.

This, Rau said, would "alleviate anxieties relating to fracking from an environmental perspective".

Sacci believed that apart from making South Africa less reliant on imported energy, the benefits of exploiting shale gas would include the creation of sorely-needed jobs.

  • ingi.raikes - 2012-09-07 21:33

    What an absolute disgrace! How dare the government even consider this appalling practice? Our beautiful Karoo, our heritage! And now their excuse, apart from what Royal Dutch Shell is going to make 'out of us', is that by lifting the ban it'll help to create sorely-needed jobs! Well as far as l'm concerned and thousands of other intelligent South Africans is that if this lousy government STOPPED illegal immigrants from 'stealing' our labour forces jobs, if our own South African citizens STOPPED breeding uncontrollably, if our more than dishonest ruling party STOPPED having their palms greased everytime an opportunity presents itself where at any expense they can be 'bought', then fracking could be STOPPED forever!!!

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-09-07 22:17

    F you (S)hell, not a cent will you see from me F'ers.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-09-07 22:48

    Shell is BP is Engen. They are all the same . If you go to the refinery in Durban, Shell and BP have the same refinery, called Blendcor. The difference? 100ml of additive per 10000 litres of fuel for BP. THAT is all.

  • Che` Guava - 2012-09-07 22:54

    Interesting that they want to tap off gas in SA but along the Wert African coast there are a multitude of oil wells that simply burn off the gas which is an unwanted byproduct . They talk about emissions and saving the environment . But then just waste this byproduct . If you fly at night from Ondangwa to Cameroon you don't need a gps or any other navigation device . Simply follow the massive flames emitted by the oil wells. Im surprised that no body looks into these pollution pumps . Oh yes i forgot out of sight out of mind..

  • aristar.aristary - 2012-09-08 06:05

    Now everyone should boycott Shell. Hopefully the SKA takes precedence over Shell. BUT I doubt it. The desire to make money (rape and befoul the Karroo) will always override the need for any kind of scientific research which is unlikely to make money.

  • juannepierre - 2012-09-08 06:17

    Maybe if all of you didn't rely on you car so much then this would not have been an issue. Take some responsibility people.

      john.halfpenny.395 - 2012-09-08 08:59

      Well said Juanne. Suddenly the whole of News24 turned into tree-huggers

  • james.else.58 - 2012-09-08 11:35

    Royal Dutch Shell ... aka the FRAKKERS FROM SHELL Wake up South Africans. We are being raped and pillaged by the collaboration between the ANC Government and Royal Dutch Shell. Together, they will rob us of our precious natural resources and destroy the integrity of the fragile eco-system of the Karoo.

  • aj.oosthuizen.7 - 2012-09-08 15:05

    I would just like to know, how many of you actually live in the Karoo? Because if you don't, you don't actually have a say in this issue, its the people of the Karoo who should decide upon would you feel if someone built a gas well in your back yard?

  • Aphrodite - 2012-09-08 20:19

    Frack You,Shell!! Boycott Shell, they are raping and plundering our resources!!

  • freddie.l.roux - 2012-09-09 09:41

    Our beautiful karoo? the last time I heard the Karoo was suffering from desertification and will become a barren desert without fracking? what is the percentage of people that live in the karoo vs the rest of the population 0.15% maybe? suppose everyone drives hybrids at the moment, where do you think the petrol in your car comes from? remember the oil leak in the gulf of mexico? or does it magically come out of a spring straight to your local garage. What do you think China, Brazil, Russia or India would do had they these types of potential reserves? Now we must try and act like a 1st world country where we have the highest unemployment rate. stop with all the emotional out rage and rather try and view it from a practical logical point of view. if the environmental impact is balanced against the potential economic benefits then we must consider it. I empathise with the people of the Karoo but that's life so it for a child born into a poverty stricken family with no job or hope of ever getting a job.

  • carl.kotzenberg - 2012-09-09 20:19

    Fresh off the press - the guardian "Shell has been accused of "stock-car racing recklessness" after apparently undertaking only the most limited testing of a key piece of equipment aimed at preventing a Gulf of Mexico-style blowout during its controversial drilling in the Arctic. Documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request suggest field-testing of a containment dome took place over two hours on 25 and 26 June. " and now they will do it responsibly ??? boycott shell

  • craig.a.salter - 2012-09-09 20:53

    Frackking...... frack no there is other alternitives to use before we can consider this. Just the news today shows tuna going to the red list fast coral reefs bleaching durbans toxic beachs, now you wanna turn the karoo into a waste land also. Boycot shell

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