Fracking compromise for Karoo:omissions, caveats and unknowns

Fracking compromise for Karoo:omissions, caveats and unknowns

Compromise suggestion could duck objections.

A recently compiled and widely circulated report by a group of US and South African researchers, which suggests that fracking could make South Africa richer and be good for the environment, cries out for a thorough Noseweek once-over.

The researchers set out to establish what might happen under three different hypothetical natural gas policy regimes, and concluded that “limited” fracking could boost clean energy production and create huge numbers of jobs with “minimal” ecological harm.

It’s a conclusion that the gas industry will doubtless publicise widely as South Africa moves closer to a fracked Karoo, but read carefully.

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