'Shell SA dishonest about fracking'

The Treasure the Karoo Action Group on Wednesday said Shell South Africa is being economical with the...

A member of the Treasure the Karoo Action Group participates in a protest at Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, 5 April 2011. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

The Treasure the Karoo Action Group on Wednesday said Shell South Africa is being economical with the truth regarding fracking.

The petroleum giant wants to mine for shale gas in the Karoo using a controversial method called hydraulic fracturing.

However, the government has placed a moratorium on the method, pending the outcome of an investigation.

The group said it has been forced to intensify the campaign against fracking. Shell SA has launched a media campaign of its own promoting the benefits of the practice.

TKAG's Jonathan Deal went through the comments made by the oil giant in the media where it insists fracking is safe and valid.

He said claims by Shell’s Bonang Mohale that there has never been a single case of ground water contamination resulting from hydraulic fracking amounts to pure dishonesty.

Deal said there had been about 100 documented violations worldwide.

Shell South Africa declined to comment on allegations.

Meanwhile, a mining company in England has halted fracking

operations after scientists warned that minor earthquakes in the

region may be linked to the mining method.

A minor earthquake was recorded near Blackpool last week close to a shale gas exploration site.