Anti-fracking group vows to keep fighting Shell

An anti-fracking lobby group on Tuesday reiterated that it will continue fighting Shell’s plans to exploit...

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An anti-fracking lobby group on Tuesday reiterated that it will continue fighting Shell’s plans to exploit shale gas deposits in the Karoo.

The petroleum giant has started a public participation process to gauge public opinion.

The exploration may cost Shell up to R1.4 billion.

Chairman Bonang Mohale on Monday promised Karoo residents do not have to worry about contaminated water.

However, Jonathan Deal of the Treasure of the Karoo Action Group, said locals are not convinced.

“Last night in Wallacedene was the very last of the public meetings and at the end of it one of the local farmers stood up and said he would like the show of hands please as to who is in favour of this project. [There was] not one single hand anywhere,” he said.