By: Jeremy Westgarth-Taylor
How strange it is that a department DEA (Department of Environmental Affairs) which ironically shares a ministerial portfolio with Water Affairs (DWEA) should suggest that fracking be given a chance and saying that there was “merit” in carrying out some hydraulic fracturing. There were no merits in what was reported though the report did mention one demerit in what they had said viz – “the avoidance of the contamination of fresh water resources” in the Karoo. So what in fact are the merits of fracking? As there were no meritorious things mentioned we have a chance to look at some of the negative things.
- Shell’s employees are on record as having said that they wish to burn the methane gas produced from fracking wells on their pad sites. These pads will be on somebodies farmlands, and they plan to generate electricity from the burning of the gas thus sending millions of tons of carbon dioxide per annum into the air. This will supplement the CO2 already generated in South Africa from the burning of coal. The question should be asked why use fossil fuels to generate electricity? Have they not heard that economists agree that it is now less expensive to generate electricity with renewables such as from photo voltaic panels i.e. solar energy than by using fossil fuels. Continue reading