'Fracking is a serious issue'
An environmental group says it’s prepared to go to court in a bid to stop fracking in the Karoo.
CAPE TOWN - An environmental group has warned it's still willing to go to court in a bid to stop fracking in the Karoo.
But critics maintain this could pose an environmental risk.
Also known as hydraulic fracturing, fracking is a contentious method of mining for natural gases.
The Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG)'s CEO Jonathan Deal says, "Minister Shabangu has very good reasons for not revealing exactly when fracking goes ahead and that is simply because she cannot say when fracking will go ahead. They are facing a number of administrative and legal hurdles before they can get anywhere close to letting oil and gas companies loose in this country."
Meanwhile, AfriForum's Julius Kleynhans says there has been little public consultation.
"Various organisations and individuals have submitted detailed comments on the proposed draft's technical regulations. There are also scientific reports that were recommended. But obviously this is not in the minister's interest and she doesn't want to discuss this transparently."