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Dublin-based fracking firm applies for seismic testing in Karoo

Falcon Oil and Gas’s exploration project involves collecting seismic data through the "shot hole" method.

FILE: Fracking is a contentious issue in the Karoo with concerns over the potential hazards of the gas extraction process. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - A Dublin-based company, looking to frack for shale gas in the Karoo, is applying for the right to conduct seismic tests.

The proposed application area will cover nearly 2,500 farms.

Falcon Oil and Gas has kicked off the application process by revising its environmental management plan before consulting with affected landowners.

Falcon's exploration project involves collecting seismic data through the so called "shot hole"method.

This will provide the company with a picture of the geological layers in the region.

Falcon has to submit its proposal to Petroleum Agency South Africa before 27 February.

SRK Consulting Africa's Chris Dalgliesh, who is working on the project, says affected landowners will be consulted over the next few weeks.

"We have identified six or seven key issues and we think at this stage most of those can be mitigated but part of what we are doing now is entering into the consultation phase."

Fracking is a contentious issue in the Karoo with those living in the area raising concerns about the potential hazards of the gas extraction process.