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Fracking water consumption underestimated, says report
Stefan Cramer November 23rd, 2014

A new report by the Environmental Working Group, investigating the levels of water required for fracking at “monster wells”, a phrase coined to describe those most “thirsty”, has suggested that singular wells have consumed up to 25 million gallons of water. Some of the wells identified as the highest consumers and contaminators of water have been ...


Lessons for SA: China’s Fracking Boom may be over before it even began
Stefan Cramer November 23rd, 2014

Here’s a really sobering article for those who believe Karoo shale is poised to deliver a fracking bonanza. Fracking works best when legislation encourages innovation and oil prices are high. But it stutters and can even peter out when the situation reverses. South African legislators got themselves caught up in the promise of a boom ...


A New Poll Finds More Americans Oppose Fracking Than Support It
Stefan Cramer November 15th, 2014

A clear majority of Americans now oppose hydraulic fracturing, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center. And while most voters still support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, support is slipping there as well. According to Pew, support for fracking stood at 48 percent in March of 2013, versus 38 percent opposition. But ...


Fracking’s mythology is single biggest threat to the solar revolution
Stefan Cramer November 10th, 2014

Jeremy Leggett writes in Recharge magazine: how the fracking industry is hyped up to stifle the imminent solar revolution Read more here Fracking’s mythology is single biggest threat to the solar revolution.


Shell ready to test-drill for Karoo gas
Stefan Cramer November 08th, 2014

SHELL SA is prepared to invest about R2bn to drill six holes in the Karoo, once it receives the necessary permits, to test if there is economically viable shale gas, Shell SA chairman Bonang Mohale said on Wednesday. Based on studies conducted in the 1960s, it is believed SA could have considerable quantities of shale gas. ...