Shale gas mining is a process that applies the technique of high-volume, horizontal, slick-water fracturing (‘fracking’ or ‘hydraulic fracturing’). It involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into horizontally drilled wells, under hydraulic pressure to fracture the underground shale layers and release gas.

SHALE GAS MINING IS UNSUSTAINABLE • WATER THIRSTY • POSES DOCUMENTED ENVIRONMENTAL RISK
 
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Fracking Regulations

The Department of Mineral Resources has released draft technical regulations on oil and gas exploration and production, including shale gas and hydraulic fracturing. The draft regulations were gazetted on 15 October 2013 and allow the public 30 days to submit comments on the draft regulations (until 14 November 2013). TKAG and other organisations have requested that the 30 day comment period be extended to allow for a better opportunity for public participation. We have not received feedback from the department on whether our request would be honoured. In our opinion, and in the opinion of various specialists, the draft regulations are inadequate and would not protect South Africans’ Constitutional rights to an environment that is not harmful to their health and well-being.

The draft regulations are available below, as well as a sample letter that may be used by groups and members of the public to base their comments on. Comments should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. or on 14 November 2013.

Draft Regulations:  Sample Letter:
http://www.dmr.gov.za/publications/summary/218-hydraulic-fracturing/1025-gazetted-proposed-technical-regulations-for-petroleum-exploration-and-exploitation.html

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a guideline for submitting comments