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SA won’t finalise existing Karoo fracking applications ahead of probe

April 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

South Africa’s Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu on Friday said that her department would not accept any new, nor would it finalise any existing, applications to explore for natural gas in the Karoo region until an expert study into the appropriateness of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, of the region’s shale resources had been finalised.

The statement followed a Cabine-backed moratorium against natural gas drilling announced last week.

“Given the intensity and scale of the issue and the fact that shale gas exploration has never been done before on our shores, my department will conduct a comprehensive study which will assist us to formulate our approach after which we will go back to cabinet,” said Shabangu.

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