Fracking releases vast quantities of methane into the atmosphere.
Methane is a more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2, and escapes during the exploration, production, storage, and distribution phases of the gas life-cycle.
The Climate Change Commission has accepted that shale gas is twice as bad as coal from a climate change perspective, due to the ‘fugitive emissions’ of methane.
At COP21 in Paris in 2015, the South African government committed to reducing carbon emissions to meet the global warming target of 1.5 degrees Celsius. In order to meet that target, we need to abandon fossil fuels in favour of renewables as soon as possible.