An application for oil and gas exploration in the upper Matatiele watershed has been lodged with PASA (Petroleum Association of SA) by ‘Rhino Oil & Gas‘. To get more information about hydraulic fracturing (fracking), click here.The period for registration and commentary for the scoping period as IAPs (Interested & Affected Parties) was up to the 10th October 2015.
Click here for the background information document (BID).
The draft scoping report has been released and is available here.
SLR Matatiele draft scoping report Oct 2015
This exploration application is nt directly for fracking, but should viable deposits be found during exploration, activities related to hydraulic fracturing techniques constitutes a direct threat to water security and quality in the upper catchment. Fracking wells are deep, up to 5km underground, and may intersect with aquifers which supply , into which methane and chemicals (including arsenic) used in the process may be released. Wells can use up to 25 million litres of water to generate hydraulic pressure to release the methane, which is more harmful than CO2 for climate change impacts.
The truth is that the long term impacts of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) are unknown, but there is overwhelming evidence from various countries like Germany, France, Scotland, as well as New York State, which have now banned fracking due to its negative impacts.
Members of UCPP took a stand at their recent quarterly meeting session on the 23rd September to oppose the application on the grounds of its negative impacts on water security: the Matatiele Council has recently adopted a stewardship plan for the Matatiele Local Municipality, which is the strategic water factory for the greater Umzimvubu river catchment and the 1 million people who live in it.
Please read the attached links and YouTube clips and information here, register as an IAP and make sure our water factory for a million people does not become a waste water dump to enrich a few.