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Government: Companies must disclose fracking fluids

South Africa proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing that would require disclosure of chemicals used and meet standards set by the American Petroleum Institute (API), a year after lifting a moratorium on the technique.

“Equipment used in hydraulic fracturing operations must be fit for purpose and must meet relevant API standards,” the government said on Wednesday on its national gazette website. “Fluids and their status as hazardous/non-hazardous substances” must be submitted as part of an impact assessment, it said.

Shell and other explorers have applied for permits to explore the semi-desert Karoo region. South Africa, which in 2012 ended a ban on the practice known as fracking, estimates shale gas may generate R1-trillion of sales in 30 years. Read more on M&G Online >

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