PRETORIA, South African Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant says the government wants to make sure that communities in the Karoo, the vast semi-arid inland area of the country,understand the economic potential of shale gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing, known as “fracking”.
Addressing residents of Beaufort West, the biggest town in the Great Karoo during an information session in the area, he said the government planned to start with the process within the next few years, despite strong opposition from environmentalists such as the Treasure the Karoo Action Group.
Oliphant said thousands of jobs would be created through development of the shale gas resources of the region.
The general reaction is where people think that they’re operating from a position of not having all the information and that’s why they were uncomfortable, and some of them were excited to say at least there will be if this thing is handled well, there will be economic activities that can change their lives for the better. So, what we came for was just to give all the facts.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK