Cape Town – AfriForum and the Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) have confirmed that they will be submitting a written complaint to the Public Protector to address President Jacob Zuma’s exploration of shale gas mining.
According to Jonathan Deal, CEO of TKAG, Zuma received a letter on 21 July calling on him to reinstate the moratorium on fracking.
In the letter the groups call for Zuma to investigate the fracking process and to speak to South Africans about the matter before issuing exploration licences
Deal appealed to Zuma that any decision regarding shale gas mining should be in line with the constitution.
Deal believes that, based on extensive research, there are a number of scientific and legal issues that are unresolved when it comes to fracking in South Africa.
These issues according to Deal require governments immediate action before fracking can be seen as an economic “game change”.
These issues were highlighted extensively in the letter sent to Zuma.
Deal emphasised his irritation at the Presidency for their failure to address the letter sent to Zuma in July.
He said that the lack of acknowledgement illustrated government’s intention to ignore any criticism, even if it was in the interest of ordinary South Africans.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of extracting natural gas from shale rock layers deep within the earth.
It involves pumping a mixture of water and chemicals into the ground. Activists have raised concerns about the process as it uses vast quantities of water and the chemicals could contaminate surface and underground water.
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