No fracking please, we’re French

| October 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Many South African Life Science teachers will have tackled the issue of the proposal to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking – a controversial technique for extracting natural gas from shale rock deposits – in the Karoo.

Environmentalists may draw strength from the news that, on 30 June, a Senate vote of 176 to 151 made France the first country to enact a ban on fracking in that country.

The Bill’s critics say that it does not prevent the exploitation of oil shale deposits by techniques other than fracking. Companies that currently own permits for drilling in oil shale deposits on French land will have two months to notify the state what extraction technique they use. If they declare an intention to use fracking, or if they fail to respond, their permits will be automatically revoked.

Fracking involves the injection of vast quantities of water and potentially hazardous chemicals into the ground to force the release of natural gas. Critics say fracking produces toxic waste and pollutes water sources.

Many South African Life Science teachers will have tackled
the issue of the proposal to use hydraulic fracturing, or
fracking – a controversial technique for extracting natural gas
from shale rock deposits – in the Karoo.
Environmentalists may draw strength from the news that,
on 30 June, a Senate vote of 176 to 151 made France the first
country to enact a ban on fracking in that country.
The Bill’s critics say that it does not prevent the
exploitation of oil shale deposits by techniques other than
fracking. Companies that currently own permits for drilling
in oil shale deposits on French land will have two months to
notify the state what extraction technique they use. If they
declare an intention to use fracking, or if they fail to respond,
their permits will be automatically revoked.
Fracking involves the injection
of vast quantities of
water and potentially
hazardous chemicals into
the ground to force the
release of natural gas.
Critics say fracking
produces toxic waste and
pollutes water sources.Many South African Life Science teachers will have tackled the issue of the proposal to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking – a controversial technique for extracting natural gas from shale rock deposits – in the Karoo. Environmentalists may draw strength from the news that, on 30 June, a Senate vote of 176 to 151 made France the first country to enact a ban on fracking in that country. The Bill’s critics say that it does not prevent the exploitation of oil shale deposits by techniques other than fracking. Companies that currently own permits for drilling in oil shale deposits on French land will have two months to notify the state what extraction technique they use. If they declare an intention to use fracking, or if they fail to respond, their permits will be automatically revoked. Fracking involves the injection of vast quantities of water and potentially hazardous chemicals into the ground to force the release of natural gas. Critics say fracking produces toxic waste and pollutes water sources.

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