Frack­ing shock

Botswana ac­cused of al­low­ing hy­draulic frac­tur­ing in wildlife re­serves.

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Other com­pa­nies in­clude An­glo Amer­i­can, Tlou En­ergy, Exxaro, Kala­hari En­ergy and Tamb­o­ran Re­sources.

Frack­ing in­volves shoot­ing wa­ter in­fused with sand and chem­i­cals at high pres­sure into coal beds or shale for­ma­tions to un­lock reser- voirs of nat­u­ral gas. The prac­tice is the sub­ject of in­tense de­bate in the United States and else­where, with ac­tivists cit­ing meth­ane leaks from gas well heads and pos­si­ble con­tam­i­na­tion of the air and ground­wa­ter.

Bar­bee’s film, The High Cost Of Cheap Gas, con­tends that nat­u­ral gas ex­trac­tion is “dirt­ier than the in­dus­try will ad­mit”. But for South­ern African coun­tries strug­gling to pro­vide ad­e­quate af­ford­able elec­tric­ity to their pop­u­la­tions, prom­ises from en­ergy com­pa­nies of jobs, hefty re­turns and re­duced

Un­der threat: Gi­raffes in the chobe na­tional Park in botswana. a Govern­ment map shows that au­thor­i­ties in botswana have al­lo­cated gas ex­plo­ration con­ces­sions in the cen­tral Kala­hari Game re­serve, Kgala­gadi Trans­fron­tier na­tional Park and chobe na­tional Park with­out a pub­lic de­bate about the pos­si­ble en­vi­ron­men­tal and health con­se­quences. – aP

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