South Africa has a huge expanse of open land (the Karoo Basin), and gas companies are jumping at the chance to frack it. However, local populations are vehemently protesting. The fracking operations will certainly bring an economic boom to the area, but at what cost? Fracking has the potential to create serious health issues for the people who have lived in the Karoo Basin for many generations.
As one farmer argues in the video below, “So it can bring in a lot of money for the country, and create a lot of jobs, but what about the future, what will become of the land? As I see it, it is going to give the world a real smack.”
Thanks to Link TV for the use of this video.
Photo: Miros Photography/flickr