Gear up for anti-fracking mode

2016-01-20 06:00

IT has generated nationwide interest, anger and protest - the possibility of fracking here in Umvoti and surrounds.
Although banned in some international countries, South Africa­ has given an American-based company - Rhino­ Oil - permission to explore for oil and gas over 15 00 000 hectares, which includes 10 000 farms in the KZN Midlands.

Following an abortive meeting on 4 November, 2015, environmental project firm, SLR Consultants, agreed to call another meeting – at a larger venue to enable the anti-frackers to listen­ and have their say.
This meeting will now take place on Thursday 4 February at 2.30pm in the Greytown Community Hall and it is of the utmost importance that those who turned up for the previous meeting, once again make their presence felt at this meeting.
At least 400 anti-frackers turned up at the first meeting and it is hoped there will be even more at the February meeting.

Conservancies throughout KZN are opposing any suggestion of fracking on ecological, health, social and economic grounds.

Fracking is the use of hydrological fracturing techniques to recover natural shale gas. The risk of contamination of ground water through such action in our already water- stressed environment is totally unacceptable.

A well known groundwater expert, Professor Gerrit van Tonder, warned that large-scale gas fracking could have a devastating pollution impact on the country’s priceless pool of clean underground drinking water. He estimated it could take less than two months for contaminated fracking fluids and other pollution to contaminate boreholes.

Register with SLR as an interested and affected party to obtain more information and participate in the environmental assessment of the project. See SLR advertisements on pages 6 and 8 for contact information.

Make a note now to be at the meeting on Thursday 4 February at 2.30pm please.

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