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Shell pulls back from shale in South Africa
Stefan Cramer March 16th, 2015

REUTERS:Loni Prinsloo,16 März 2015 Multinational oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell is pulling its top shale-gas man out of South Africa, an indication that companies are growing increasingly frustrated with government delays over shale-gas legislation. This week, Business Times was told that Jan-Willem Eggink — whom Shell sent to South Africa from Libya to monitor South ...


Environmental movement blocks fracking in Algeria’s remote south
Stefan Cramer March 10th, 2015

Borzou Daragahi in Cairo for FINANCIAL TIMES. An unprecedented environmental protest movement in a remote part of Algeria has disrupted the country’s multibillion-dollar shale programme and is making political waves across the north African nation and the wider region. Since the start of January, thousands of protesters have turned up daily in the rural town of Ain ...


Tasmania bans fracking for five years
Stefan Cramer February 27th, 2015

The Tasmanian government will ban fracking for a further five years, to extend its existing one year moratorium introduced in March 2014. The Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff said he considered 155 submissions in favour and against fracking. But took the decision to introduce a five year ban in order to “protect Tasmania’s reputation for producing fresh, ...


Coping with Earthquakes Induced by Fluid Injection
Stefan Cramer February 21st, 2015

A paper published today in Science provides a case for increasing transparency and data collection to enable strategies for mitigating the effects of human-induced earthquakes caused by wastewater injection associated with oil and gas production in the United States. The paper is the result of a series of workshops led by scientists at the U.S. ...


Shale gas an ‘unlikely’ prospect, not necessarily cheap – WWF-SA
Stefan Cramer February 20th, 2015

A preliminary report by the World Wide Fund for Nature-South Africa (WWF-SA) has described shale gas as a marginal resource that remains reliant on a high gas or oil price and reasonable tax incentives, and may not provide as “cheap” a source of domestic energy as contended by private firms and State agencies. Designed to frame ...