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 PASA website has lots of information you might find interesting. http://petroleumagencysa.com/

“It’s a mad gas grab by entrepreneurs who will most likely sell to the highest bidder if they find anything.  This is a high risk, high reward business – the issue is that the community and the general public take all the risks and the companies and government take all the reward. There are better and less risky alternative futures for energy.” Francois du Toit

PASA Map 2016

Current Applications include:

Total – EF: 12/3/67/1/B  BRULPADDA EXPLORATION PROJECT  Exploration Drilling in Block 11B/12B off South Coast (Garden Route): Final Scoping Report submitted to the PASA on 4 September 2020 for their consideration and review. A copy available on the SLR https://slrconsulting.com/public-documents/total-esia

Rhino Oil and Gas – Exploration Right 350 ER   Environmental Impact Assessment Report for this application (4 270 properties  over an area of 773 529 ha in KZN and Free State) is available from the SLR website at https://slrconsulting.com/public-documents Contact: Matthew Hemming mhemming@slrconsulting.com

Gas Pipeline and EGI Expansion: Strategic Environmental Assessment has been completed. https://gasnetwork.csir.co.za/final-sea-reports/  Of concern is this paragraph “In terms of a way forward, based on the findings of the SEA Process, it is proposed that gas pipeline infrastructure projects planned within the Gas Pipeline Corridors (once gazetted) 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).”

Rhino Oil and Gas – Exploration Right 346 ER. Minerals included in the application are oil, gas, condensate, coal bed methane, helium and biogenic gas. The ER application area is located roughly between the towns of Mooi River and Estcourt in the south-east, Memel in the north-east, Clarens in the south-west and Lindley in the far west.   Contact: Matthew Hemming mhemming@slrconsulting.com

Sasol and ENI – Exploration Drilling within Block ER236, off the East Coast of South Africa.  Under Appeal. EIA completed. Details: https://www.erm.com/eni-exploration-eia Contact:  eni.exploration.eia@erm.com 031 265 0033

EIA Approved! Rhino Oil and Gas – includes Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal – Matatiele and the uMzimvubu catchment, Richmond, Eston, Pietermaritzburg, Hilton, Howick, Karkloof, Balgowan, Kranskop, Weenen, Nkandla, Vryheid, Pongola, Ulundi, Newcastle, Melmoth, Dundee.  Contact: Matthew Hemming mhemming@slrconsulting.com 82 940 8274; Stella Moeketse smoeketse@slrconsulting.com; William Berry wberry@slrconsulting.com 072 475 5889  http://www.rhinoresourcesltd.com/areas  

EIA Approved! Rhino Oil & GasFree State and North West – Bothaville, Bultfontein, Heilbron, Koppies, Kroonstad, Lindley, Odendaalsrus, Parys, Theunissen, Viljoenskroon, Vredefort, Welkom, Wesselsbron and Pretoria. The Background Information Document is publically available at ftp.slrconsulting.co.za Username: 723.18034.00007 Password:  vcn34fgiwe Contact Matthew Hemming mhemming@slrconsulting.com and JC Pretorius jcpretorius@slrconsulting.com  SLR Consulting (Africa) (Pty) Ltd 011 467 0945

EIA Approved! Rhino Oil & Gas – Free State, Mpumalanga and Gauteng – Frankfort, Harrismith, Heilbron, Kroonstad, Lindley, Reitz, Senekal, Ventersburg and Vrede.  Details of the proposed exploration work programme, a map of the exploration area, list of included farms and information on the scoping and EIA process are included in the project’s Background Information Document which is publically available at ftp.slrconsulting.co.za Username: 1013151012  Password: wiutgf783e32 Contact Matthew Hemming mhemming@slrconsulting.com and JC Pretorius jcpretorius@slrconsulting.com  SLR Consulting (Africa) (Pty) Ltd 011 467 0945

Kinetico-Badmino – Amersfoort, Memel and Wakkerstroom – Plans and videos of progress, including burning gas

Schlumberger off KZN Coast – Contact Tougheeda Aspeling  021 681 5400 Tougheeda.Aspeling@erm.com

WITHDRAWN!  Sungu Sungu – Exploration Right EIA ER313  The proposed exploration area is located within the Okhahlamba, Phumelela,Dannhauser, Emnambithi/Ladysmith- and Maluti a Phofung Local Municipalities, over an area of approximately 565 000 hectares (ha), extending south from approximately Memel, north of Winterton, east from Swinburne and west of Watersmeet. The approximate centre point of the site is located at: 28°19’20.44″S; 29°28’19.20″E. Including Bergvillle, Verkykerskop, Harrismith, Van Reenen, Spioenkop.

Register as I&AP with EIMS –  Zizo Siwendu ERsungu@eims.co.za 011 789 7170

HIGH COURT HALTS APPLICATION! Motuoane Energy – 12/3/316 ER  The proposed exploration area is located within the Emnambithi/Ladysmith Local Municipality, KwaZulu Natal Province over an area approximately 77 490 hectares, extending north from approximately Ladysmith, through
Watersmeet, east of Besters and south of Droogdal The approximate center point of the site is located at: 28°23’31.08″S; 29°48’56.89″E.
Register as I&AP with EIMS – Nobuhle Hughes KZNMotuoane@eims.co.za 011 789 7170

Motuoane Energy – 12/3/315 ER The proposed exploration area is located within the Matjhabeng, Masilonyana and Moqhaka Local Municipalities, Free State Province over an area approximately 149 377 hectares, extending north from approximately Theunissen, north towards Kroonstad, east of Virginia and Henneman. The approximate center point of the site is located at: 28° 5’1.67″S; 27° 8’0.66″E in Ventersburg. Contact Nobuhle Hughes KZNMotuoane@eims.co.za 011 789 7170

WITHDRAWN! Sungu Sungu – 12/3/311 ER Dannhauser/Chelmsford Dam KZN Contact sungusungu@eims.co.za, 011 789 7170

APPROVED Renergen – drilling has commenced.  Heilbron/Kroonstad http://www.renergen.co.za/

Shell in the Karoo karoo@golder.com Latest info on the Environmental Management Plan

Since 2011 the Treasure the Karoo Action Group has lead the way in opposition to the threat of fracking, demonstrating the power of communities working together.

A useful overview of fracking in Southern Africa by Jeff Barbee: Fracking Hell – SA’s Gas Dilemma 

Cranes are not keen on Fracking

We can learn from others around the globe, about the impacts. Watch these videos:

Frackopoly – the battle for the future of energy and the environment.

Frackman the Movie.


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