Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Tuesday announced that companies wanting to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to explore for shale gas in the Karoo would require a water use licence.
The Minister gazetted for public comment a notice of intent to declare fracking a controlled activity in terms of the National Water Act (NWA) for public comment. The notice included the exploration for, and production of, onshore unconventional oil or gas resources and any activities incidental thereto, including, but not limited to, fracking.
“What this means is that fracking becomes a water use, thus requiring a water use licence. In this regard only matters regarding water resources will be of consideration when licences are issued, including, but not limited to, the possible impact of substances and chemicals on the ground water resource,” Molewa said at a media briefing in Pretoria. Read on Engineering News >