We call for an indefinite extension of the current moratorium (expected to be lifted after July 2012), to allow for more time for thorough research regarding both the potential costs, negative effects and potential benefits of shale gas extraction in South Africa (while also regarding the unique geological, environmental, developmental, socio-economic realities in the country and in the Karoo), weighed against other energy alternatives (such as renewable energy projects in the Karoo region). We would like to also call on the government to conduct a strategic environmental assessment and a health impact assessment as part of the investigation into shale gas. We urge the government to make an informed decision, instead of a rushed one. If shale gas fracking is allowed in South Africa, it would be by deliberate choice, not by accident. We need to decide whether we would be able to live with the consequences of our decisions.
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