CCS Seminar: ‘You can’t have your gas and drink your water!’ – the incompatibility of fracking to water rights


Important new research commissioned by the Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG) highlights the often overlooked linkages between energy, water and climate change.  


Presenter: Liane Greeff
Date:  Monday 29 October 2012
Time: 12h30-14h00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College

‘You can’t have your gas and drink your water!’ by Liane Greeff, is unequivocal in its message: hydraulic fracturing (fracking) will have disastrous impacts on water, in the short term and for generations to come. Fracking will remove vast quantities of fresh water from the water cycle, transforming it into a toxic, radioactive cocktail, with high risks of groundwater contamination. Given the lack of regulatory capacity in South Africa to manage this kind of industry, more and more experts are warning that catastrophic consequences are inevitable if fracking goes ahead. This report outlines the latest research on fracking and water, and also highlights the major knowledge gaps that remain.  Important recommendations are made in terms of overarching concerns, research to be done, governance and policy, and public participation.


Liane will also do a short overview of the ‘The energy-water nexus’ research report by Brenda Martin & Robert Fischer of Project 90 x 2030 undertaken as part of the joint research project. These reports aim to quantify these costs, as well as providing policy overviews and recommendations for positive action.

Liane Greeff is an environmental activist, writer and videographer who runs an NGO, EcoDoc Africa, which specialises in making environmental information more accessible through video and photography. For many years she has worked in the water sector in South Africa and internationally, focusing on the environmental and social impacts of large dams, water privatisation and fracking. The report on water and fracking was commissioned by the Environmental Monitoring Group as part of their research into the linkages between energy, water and climate change.

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