Deal Awarded Environmental Prize

South African environmental campaigner Jonathan Deal was today awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his work in the fight against hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo.

frackingEach year, the Goldman Environmental Foundation selects grassroots activists from around the world to honour them for their work. With an individual cash prize of $150 000 (close on R1.5m), it is the largest award for grassroots environmental activism in the world.

Deal received the Prize at an awards ceremony in San Francisco on Monday 15 April, 2013. He is one of six recipients of the award for 2013. Other winners were honoured for their work in marshland restoration, solid waste management, marble mining, and coal plant emissions.

Deal is the second South African to be recognized with the Goldman Prize. Bobby Peek was awarded the Prize in 1998 for his fight against industrial pollution in the South Durban region.

“This award coincided with the end of an especially difficult year in the hard fought campaign against fracking,” said Deal.

“Even though I have had to keep the news to myself since November, it has been an enormous inspiration. I have done nothing in this campaign for my personal benefit, however, the recognition from people on the other side of the world has been a great encouragement. The value of the prize has already manifested itself in our organisation, Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG), because I have been able to pay salaries to staff that have worked for two years without, and commit to other expenses that have assisted us in reaching out to rural communities.” Continue reading

There is no confusion about fracking in SA, says lobby group

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 26 April 2011

Cabinet’s vote is clear in putting a halt to fracking at this time

A lobby group opposed to hydraulic fracturing as a mining technique has dismissed media reports this morning, which stated that Shell’s fracking application for the Karoo would continue to be heard.

A report in the Cape Times this morning claimed a moratorium announced by Cabinet last week had no impact on existing applications for fracking licenses, and that it rather only affected new applications.

“It is absurd for anyone to suggest that Cabinet intended anything other than what is clearly described in the press release that was issued last Thursday,” said TKAG national coordinator Jonathan Deal. A press release said that Cabinet had, “… endorsed the decision by the Department of Minerals to invoke a moratorium on licenses in the Karoo where fracking is proposed.”

“The statements attributed to the Department of Minerals spokesperson Bheki Khumalo today would serve only to rubbish the clear written directions from Cabinet, as described in their press release,” said Deal Continue reading