South Africa: Fracking out in the open at last

Mail and Guardian: The strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of shale gas development has to be completed in two years – before exploration for the energy source begins in earnest, assessment leader Professor Bob Scholes said this week. The government`s shale gas interdepartmental task team on Tuesday launched the SEA, calling it a "science-based assessment to improve our understanding of the risks and opportunities of shale gas development". In his budget speech in February, the minister of finance, Nhlanhla......

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