Say "NO" to Fracking in the Karoo 3 signatures
Shell is currently applying for shale gas exploration licences in the Karoo, but the extraction of shale gas poses massive threats to both ground and surface water, and is very water intensive. The announcement of Shell's intention to pursue shale gas fracking in this area has been followed by huge opposition from local communities in the Karoo and the rest of South Africa. Shale gas exploitation is invasive and completely unsustainable, and I believe that the exploration of shale gas should be put on hold until the environmental impacts can be resolved. On these grounds, I urge PASA to deny Shell's application for exploration licences in the fragile and important ecosystem of the Karoo. What can you do? There is still time to express your concerns about hydraulic fracturing. PASA is the body that has the authority to give the licence for fracking, and the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs (DWEA) is the government department that should oppose the licence on environmental damage grounds.