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SEA to be prepared before fracking starts

NOVEMBER 18, 2014
SEA to be prepared before fracking starts

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says that her department will be preparing a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Karoo, which will include a consideration of the regional geology.

Replying to a question in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), the Minister said that in addition there would be a “site specific environmental assessment process”.

This Molewa explained, would “evaluate impacts on a site specific basis,” and would be undertaken should an application for fracking be submitted to her department.

Asked about the findings of one geologist that too little was known about the geology of the Karoo to know whether fracking would make “sound environ-mental and economic sense, she failed to confirm the findings.

Her department was only concerned with environmental considerations. - metrominutes


CAPTION: Fracking in North Dakota, United States. IMAGE sourced from www.pri.org