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Fracking in the Karoo moves a step closer

Regulations around the controversial mining practice have now been gazetted.

FILE: Last month Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced the start of a process. Picture: supplied

CAPE TOWN - Fracking in the Karoo is one step closer after regulations around the controversial mining practice were gazetted.

The new rules will now allow government to process applications to explore for shale gas.

Last month, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced the start of a process to determine the environmental impact as well as the benefit of hydraulic fracturing in the region.

But Environmentalist Jonathan Deal says he can't understand how regulations can be developed while the impact of fracking remains such a burning issue.

"As we speak, TKG is completing an analysis on this regulation which will be released tomorrow. Our concerns are the regulations should not have been published at this point because it's exactly the time that the government is moving ahead with what is going to be a two-year strategic environmental assessment on shale gas mining."