Fracking polluters to be fined – Shabangu
Susan Shabangu says exploiting the country’s shale gas reserves will boost the economy.
CAPE TOWN - Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu says polluters will have to pay in terms of new regulations aimed at governing exploration for shale gas in the Karoo.
On Thursday Cabinet approved technical regulations to govern fracking, the term used to refer to the process of hydraulic fracturing.
The regulations will be published next week for 30 days of public comment and consultation.
Shabangu says the polluter-pays policy will protect the government from being saddled with cleaning up after fracking wells are closed or abandoned.
"The reason for this is we don't want to find ourselves in a situation where nobody takes responsibility for the rehabilitation, hence the policy of polluter-pays will be included."
She says exploiting the country's shale gas reserves will boost the economy.
"It makes us positive that it will change not only the energy space but the economy as well."