SA lifts moratorium on shale gas exploration

Engineering News 7 September 2012.

South Africa has lifted a moratorium on shale gas exploration in the semi-arid Karoo region, where the extraction technique of “fracking” might be used to tap into some of the world’s potentially largest stocks of the energy source.

Collins Chabane, a Minister in the President’s office, said on Friday the Cabinet had decided to lift a moratorium, imposed in April last year, after a study eased safety concerns related to the controversial method…

(Editor’s note: Surprise, surprise! I wonder if we will ever see the report and have a chance to challenge it? I wonder who will pay for the gas distribution system – to get the gas to where it is needed?)