Campaigners fight against fracking

Those against fracking are worried of getting shale gas in the Karoo.

Protesters gather outside Parliament to show their opposition to the government’s decision to lift a moratorium on shale-gas exploration in the Karoo. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Anti-fracking campaigners on Saturday accused government of ignoring international best practices by lifting the moratorium on fracking.

The Treasure in the Karoo action group joined protesters outside parliament on Saturday. 

They believe the environmental risk of getting shale gas in the Karoo is not justifiable.

Spokesperson Jonathan Deal said, “There must be a reason why tens of millions of people in more than 155 places don’t want fracking where they get their drinking water, where they raise their children or where they grow their crops.”

Protesters have warned there will be serious consequences, saying “Water is our most vulnerable and precious resource, securing our water future should take precedents and not be compromised by efforts to secure our energy future.”