Anti-fracking protest underway

Environmental groups argue fracking will threaten scarce water resources 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 - A group of environmental activists are marching to Shell South Africa in Cape Town as part of an anti-fracking demonstration.

Earlier on Friday, the group handed over a memorandum of demands to Department of Energy representatives in Parliament.

They demanded fracking be banned.

Fracking is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas from inside.

The group, representing more than 60 environmental organisations, wants government to stop plans to allow fracking.

They argue it will threaten scarce water resources in the Karoo.

Shell South Africa is one of the companies involved.

Last week, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu announced Cabinet approved technical regulations aimed at governing the process.