Fracking will leave ‘giant toilet bowl’

Fracking will leave ‘giant toilet bowl’ by Melanie Gosling, September 25, 2012, Independent Online
Cape Town – South Africans are not prepared to let foreign companies strip the country’s resources, take the profits overseas and leave the country “like a giant toilet bowl”. Jonathan Deal, chairman of the anti-fracking lobby Treasure Karoo Action Group, made the comment at a protest meeting, attended by more than 200 people, outside Parliament on Saturday. “This is not a happy time, but a sober reflection of the ill-conceived plan of the South African government to license fracking in this country. … Deal said he had examined the report of the task team that the government had appointed to probe fracking, and found it contained no comment from the ministries of transport, tourism, heritage, agriculture, rural development or health. “How can the government decide about this without those ministries talking? How can they say it’s safe?” Deal asked.

Pastor Barry Wuganaale, a member of the Ogoni Solidarity Forum, told the group he had lived in the Niger Delta, where the land of the Ogoni people had been horribly polluted by oil. “One thing our Ogoni people in the Niger Delta are rich in is our appalling experience with Shell. I would be doing a disservice to mankind if I did not share it.

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