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South Africa to give start to shale gas exploration

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 26/05/2015 (17:18)
According to media sources, South Africa is set to reveal final regulations for shale gas exploration by June in its official gazette, two years after releasing initial draft rules.

Environmentalists and land owners in the Karoo, situated in the heart of South Africa, have argued that exploring for shale gas by fracking or hydraulic fracturing would cause environmental damage in the water-scarce region. Thibedi Ramontja, director general of the department of mineral resources, said that they had taken the issues of water into consideration and added that the new regulations are going to address this problem sufficiently, providing proper guidance on how to undertake hydraulic fracturing.

It would take companies around three years of exploration to determine if the Karoo reserves are commercially viable or not, according to media reports.
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