Parliament Needs More Information On Hydrolic Fracturing

MAY 28, 2015

The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources has expressed the need to have a comprehensive report as well as relevant legislations regarding Hydraulic Fracturing (also known as Fracking) in the Karoo and across South Africa.

“This information will empower us to understand all the nitty-gritty aspects that are involved in exploration of shale gas and will also provide us with the opportunity to discharge our oversight mandate effectively,” said Sahlulele Luzipo, Committee Chairperson.       

This came out in a meeting on Wednesday, in which the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) together with the Petroleum Agency SA (PASA) briefed the Committee on progress regarding the Regulatory Framework Policy changes and the future of shale gas industry.

The Committee tasked DMR to submit this report as it (the Department) prepares to process applications for the rights of exploration of shale gas in the Karoo.

Applications come from three companies including Bundu Oil and Gas, Falcon Oil and Gas, and Shell BV Explorations. 

Although the Committee raised concern about the level of public consultation conducted by the Department, it welcomed the fact that the policy is ready to be gazetted soon.

The Committee further agreed to request a joint meeting with other concerned Portfolio Committees including Water and Sanitation, and Environmental Affairs in order to develop modalities for effective oversight on matters of common interest.