Anti-frack smackdown

Gareth Wilson

ANTI-FRACKING campaigners announced last night they would fight government’s bid to issue hydraulic drilling licences to companies that intend to turn the Karoo into “wastelands”.

This was revealed at the latest anti-fracking environmental meeting held at the Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth.

The meeting was attended by about 150 people, most of whom voiced their feelings against the proposed fracking plans.

The public meeting, arranged by the Wilderness Foundation and titled “Everything the gas companies don’t want you to know about hydraulic fracturing”, aimed to gather support from residents.

The main speaker, Jonathan Deal, chairman of Treasure the Karoo Action Group, painted a bleak picture of how fracking would affect the Karoo if it went ahead.

He said it would damage the environment, ruin infrastructure and roads and turn the Karoo into wastelands, with potential health risks.

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