Fracking will lead to health, environmental damage
Despite arguments to the contrary, it seems as if fracking in the Karoo will cause large-scale damage to the environment, the health of people living there and the economy of the area.
It could also lead to the further displacement of marginalised people.
This was clear from a presentation by Dr David Fig delivered at the Land Divided conference. Fig, a South African environmental sociologist, is a fellow of the Netherlands-based Transnational Institute of Policy Studies. The conference, which commemorates the centenary of the notorious Land Act of 1913, was jointly hosted by Stellenbosch University, the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape from 24 to 27 March.
“Research has shown that 8% of methane gas escapes into the air during fracking. This is 28% more toxic than carbon dioxide,” Fig said.