Contamination of water resources is one of the major effects pre-fracking tests could have on the water-scarce Karoo.
This emerged when an Environmental Management Programme Report (EMPr) was presented at a public meeting in Jansenville on Saturday.
Falcon Oil and Gas, one of three companies that applied for exploration rights in the Karoo, hosted the meeting to discuss a seismic survey planned by the company. The survey will determine whether there is enough shale gas in the Karoo to exploit on a commercial basis.
After a heated public meeting on Friday in Aberdeen attended mostly by farmers, Falcon group chief executive Philip O’Quigney opened the Jansenville public meeting by saying he was not there under false pretences.
“If the company likes the results of the seismic survey, fracking may happen.”
This came after the company stressed that the public meetings were arranged to discuss the proposed seismic survey – not fracking.
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