Fracking has become the catch all term for the extraction of Unconventional Gas. This includes resources which cannot be explored, developed and produced by conventional drilling processes. Shale Gas and Coal Bed Methane are two of these resources. Conventional methods use
Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction will affect the whole of South Africa, impacting our health, water, food security and biodiversity. Below is the PASA (Petroleum Agency of SA) map to give you an idea of the extent of the area under threat. The
“With such strong community opposition right from the start, you are way ahead. You are doing exactly what it takes to win this.” Jeffrey Barbee. This is no time to presume that someone else will be preventing unconventional gas exploration
Gas Pipeline and Electricity Grid Infrastructure (EGI) Expansion Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Process has been completed.
Particularly worrying is the fact that it is proposed that gas pipeline infrastructure projects planned will be subject to a Basic Assessment Process instead of a full Scoping and EIA Process in terms of the NEMA EIA Regulations. The streamlined Environmental Authorisation process will also include a reduced decision-making timeframe. In addition, it is proposed that EGI projects planned within the Expanded EGI Corridors (once gazetted), as well as the five gazetted EGI corridors, will be exempted from obtaining an Environmental Authorisation in terms of the NEMA EIA Regulations, provided that there is compliance with the Standard (once gazetted).