Karoo residents ’need not worry about fracking’ - Shell

International petroleum giant Shell on Monday said it was important to address the fears of Karoo...

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International petroleum giant Shell on Monday said it was important to address the fears of Karoo residents.

On Friday, it held a public meeting to discuss the possible exploitation of shale gas deposits in the area.

It may cost Shell up to R1.5 billion.

The process involves hydraulic fracturing or ’fracking’ whereby water and sand are pumped into the ground under pressure to fracture shale, forcing out gas.

Shell’s Chairman and Vice President, Bonang Mohale, said Karoo residents do not have to worry about contaminated water.

“Part of those commitments say we will not compete with the people of the Karoo for their water needs. Nobody will go short of fresh water because of our operations. The other one we said, we will even disclose the fracturing fluids because it is a concern,” he said.