Editorial: Curb your enthusiasm

Cape Times 4 June 2012.

IT APPEARS as though the government is determined to go ahead with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for shale gas in the Karoo, regardless of what recommendations its task team comes up with.

That’s if comments by Energy Minister Dipuo Peters on Thursday are anything to go by. Speaking in Johannesburg, Peters reportedly said: “We cannot allow a blessing to lie fallow… if shale gas is one of the blessings, we are going to go for it.” She was also quoted as saying that uranium was another of our blessings, and that “God gave us these resources, and therefore we have to use them”.

Her rather quaint views on geological processes that took place over millions of years aside, Minister Peters’ gung-ho approach sets her on a collision course with not only a growing body of scientific evidence, but also with her formidable colleague Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor…