South Africa lifts fracturing moratorium; no permits imminent

09/17/2012
The South African government lifted a moratorium on shale gas exploration in Karoo basin although the Petroleum Agency of South Africa indicated that regulatory details continue to be finalized, so it's too soon to say when exploration permits might be granted. Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd., and Bundu Oil & Gas Pty Ltd. have submitted applications for exploration permits. Last year, South Africa's minerals department imposed a temporary moratorium on hydraulic fracturing while it studied the possible effects on groundwater (OGJ Online, Apr. 22, 2011). The moratorium was lifted on Sept. 7. The US Energy Information Administration estimates 485 tcf of technically reco...
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