US fracking report 'proof' of environmental risks

The Treasure the Karoo Action Group on Thursday said government should take serous note of an American...

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 Thursday said government should take serous note of an American task team report confirming hydraulic fracturing poses serious risks to the environment.

The Department of Minerals is currently investigating the matter after Shell lodged an application to 'frack' for shale gas in the Karoo.

The group's chairman Jonathan Deal said the findings of the American team are no surprise.

"They have discovered that it can cause serious environmental problems. It can affect the health of the communities. It can really interfere with our very precious water supplies in this country but that's not new, it's just that it hasn't been confirmed by an official agency," he said.