South Africa invokes “fracking” moratorium in Karoo

Reuters: South Africa's cabinet placed a moratorium on Thursday on oil and gas exploration licenses in the semi-arid Karoo region, where the controversial shale extraction technique of "fracking" might be deployed. The Karoo is a vast and ecologically sensitive region that is high on the radar screen of conservationists. "Cabinet has endorsed the decision by the department of minerals to invoke a moratorium on licenses in the Karoo, where fracking is proposed," the government said in a statement. Petrochemical......

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