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The one thing that we cannot say about Shell is that they are not busy. Shell executives have been on several trips through the Karoo to try and persuade Karoo municipalities, interest groups, church organisations, affiliations and communities that shale gas mining would transform their lives in a positive way. TKAG delegates and other concerned parties attended such a meeting recently in Graaff Reinet, where members of the public and the Camdeboo Council of Churches were entertained by a Shell presentation. It is a pity that the same industry tactics are deployed in South Africa than elsewhere in the world, but South Africans are increasingly becoming aware of the threats of fracking and we won’t simply stand back and let history repeat itself.

Read more about the Graaff Reinet meeting in this article written by independent journalist, Julienne Du Toit: www.karoospace.co.za.

In the mean time, Jonathan Deal has been on a trip through shale drilling areas in the USA to meet with government officials, senators as well as people and areas affected by shale gas mining. He met President Obama as part of a tour organised by the Goldman Foundation in late April.... read more

Study finds that people living close to drilling sites having concerns about health
"Almost a quarter of participants consider natural gas operations to be a contributor to their health issues, indicating that there is clearly a concern among residents that should be addressed" ... read more

Accidents, road damage and a lack of funding at the order of the day in drilling region
The Texas Department of Transportation has estimated that maintaining infrastructure impacted by the drilling boom will cost $4 billion a year.... read more

Homes evacuated after incident at well site, fluid spill
The Department of Environmental Resources said a drill malfunction caused thousands of gallons of fracking fluid to shoot out, and for a while workers were worried there could be natural gas explosion.... read more


Report highlights the effects of Nova Scotia’s trial-and-error approach to shale drilling
The risks of shale gas were not as evident in 2007 as they are today. In 2013, no government can move ahead with shale gas development and later say, "we didn't know there would be problems."... read more

Faster drilling, diminishing returns on shale gas production wells
“In other words, shale gas regions start to lose their luster fast.”... read more

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