Fracking, bears and baboons: a lesson from bear country

Mike Muller of the NPC writing in the Business Day Live 6 November 2012.

HE RECENT decision to lift the 14-month moratorium on gas prospecting in the Karoo means “fracking” is back on the agenda. But the concerns raised by environmental activists must be addressed. So how will fracking be regulated?

During a road trip from Chicago to New York in September, I gained some useful insights into the challenges of fracking for natural gas and how best to manage it. I also found a common thread linking the Western Cape to northeastern Pennsylvania — the management of relations between wild animals and humans — which provides a useful analogy to the fracking debate…

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