Fracking threatens more than just the Karoo
Treasure the Karoo Action Grouo's latest newsletter, 20 November 2013, Issue 38, explains that the fracking threat reaches way beyond our cause's initial focus, namely the Karoo. Since the lifting of the moratorium in South Africa new applications for shale gas exploration has increased and affects large areas of the Karoo, Free State, KZN, Eastern Cape, Kalahari and now also Botswana, which includes large areas in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. This is apart from the areas under threat elsewhere in the world.
This is why the name of this cause has been changed to include more than just the Karoo - fracking threatens our world in general.
It seems that all is also not well with the Botswana scenario as "Botswana has been accused of sacrificing the Kalahari, one of the world's most precious wildlife reserves, to commercial fracking while ignoring the concerns of environmentalists and communities who could lose access to scarce water". This is sad, especially since Botswana has always been commended for being environmentally conscious and wanting to protect its wildlife and natural resources.
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You can also read more about the Botswana applications at http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/18/botswana-accusations-fracking-kalahari.
Thanks to those who have pledged to save our world from fracking.