The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources has expressed the need for a comprehensive report and relevant legislation regarding hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) in South Africa.
“This information will empower us to understand the nitty-gritty aspects involved in exploration of shale gas and will also provide us with the opportunity to discharge our oversight mandate effectively,” said Committee Chairperson Mr Sahlulele Luzipo.
The Chairperson was speaking at a briefing yesterday, on Wednesday, 27 May, from the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and the Petroleum Agency SA (PASA) about progress on Regulatory Framework Policy changes and the future of the shale gas industry.
The Committee tasked the DMR to submit this report as the Department prepares to process applications for the rights to explore for shale gas in the Karoo. Applications have been received from three companies: Bundu Oil and Gas Falcon Oil and Gas and Shell BV Explorations.
Although the Committee raised concerns about the level of public consultation conducted by the Department, it welcomed the fact that the policy is ready to be gazetted soon. The Committee agreed to request a joint meeting with other concerned Portfolio Committees, including Water and Sanitation, and Environmental Affairs, to develop ways to conduct effective oversight on matters of common interest.
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