Farmers' court victory gains Karoo fracking reprieve

2017-10-21 09:00

Farmers have put the brakes on fracking in the Karoo for now, as the mining ministry mulls whether it should appeal a court ruling that declared fracking regulations invalid.

Govt still on track for Karoo fracking - Zwane

2017-05-17 15:00

Government intends to pursue the exploration of shale gas, but will consult widely with communities and stakeholders when doing so, says Mines Minister Mosebenzi Zwane.

Fracking in the Karoo is not a done deal

2017-04-05 08:39

For the minister to make commitments to develop shale gas in South Africa without exploration to determine the extent of potential gas resources (if any) is misguided, writes Jonathan Deal.

SA's economic future lies in oil and gas - Zwane

2017-03-17 06:02

South Africa’s petroleum sector is relatively new but will be a critical contributor to future GDP growth, says Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane.

Groups seek New York constitutional right to clean air, water

2016-12-30 09:02

Environmental and public policy groups in New York are calling for a state constitutional amendment establishing the right to clean air and water.

WWF pulls apart report on economic benefits of fracking in SA

2016-10-21 08:10

A KPMG report on the economic benefits for fracking in SA is speculative and does not reflect the true nature of shale-gas drilling and its economics, explains the WWF.

Rhino bid faces flak

2016-10-06 10:08

A presentation in Howick by Rhino Oil and Gas on its fracking proposal on Wednesday afternoon was met with enormous public opposition as soon as the meeting began.

No fracking ‘victory’

2016-09-20 09:28

Rhino oil and Gas has reduced the area it wants to explore for oil and gas in KwaZulu-Natal, but farming and environmental organisations say this is in no way a “victory”.

OBAMA LEGACY: Quiet, but big changes in energy, pollution

2016-09-04 22:18

Mostly unnoticed amid the political brawl over climate change, the US has undergone a quiet transformation in how and where it gets its energy during Barack Obama's presidency.

Scientists moot 'green fracking' technique

2016-06-22 16:30

Adding CO2 instead of water to the cocktail used in fracking, could boost oil and gas extraction and help fight global warming at the same time, scientists say.


BHP Billiton regrets $20bn US fracking spree

2017-06-29 11:18

BHP Billiton says the timing of its $20bn spree into US shale in 2011 was a misstep and that if the miner could turn the clock back, it wouldn’t have invested in the assets.

Show me the shale

2017-05-15 14:41

It is believed that South Africa has vast reserves of shale gas, but it is not yet clear when – or even if – this natural resource will be exploited.

Government gives green light for shale gas fracking in Karoo

2017-03-30 16:09

The government has given the go-ahead for shale gas development in the Karoo region, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane says.

Trump admin halts Obama-era rule on fracking on public land

2017-03-16 13:29

The Trump administration says is rolling back an Obama administration rule requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking.

CSIR fracking report shows the downside

2016-11-27 06:00

If exploration for shale gas goes ahead in the Karoo, only 60 to 900 jobs will be created, and it is not going to add much value to the economy, this according to CSIR.

Gas could cause boom

2016-10-14 10:11

A report commissioned by Rhino Oil and Gas has suggested that the discovery of natural gas could potentially result in an economic boom for South Africa.

Gas and oil exploration: company clarifies

2016-09-21 09:47

The vice-president of exploration company Rhino Oil and Gas said that the decision to reduce their area of exploration was based on “geological data”.

Environmentalists vow to fight

2016-09-15 09:34

A consultant has given a provisional thumbs-up for gas exploration in the Midlands, but local conservation organisations say they will continue to fight tooth and nail against it.

Fracking foes put fake poop under art displays

2016-07-12 23:06

Environmental activists have made an unconventional addition to some of the fibreglass donkeys positioned around Philadelphia ahead of the Democratic National Convention

Scientists moot 'green fracking' technique

2016-06-21 19:38

Adding CO2 instead of water to the cocktail used in fracking, could boost oil and gas extraction and help fight global warming at the same time, scientists say.

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