S. African firm yields to antifrac pressure

Sungu-Sungu Gas Pty. Ltd. has yielded to activist pressure and suspended applications to explore for shale gas in Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The company wrote a letter to Petroleum Agency South Africa withdrawing the applications and confirmed the move to the Sunday Times, Johannesburg.

The newspaper quoted a company official saying: “It’s no longer worth it. There are many objections. We decided to just pull out.”

The activist group Frack Free South Africa called the news “the first of many victories.”

Sungu-Sungu Gas, a unit of South African mining conglomerate Sungu-Sungu Group, is among several oil and gas companies that have shown interest in the shale potential of massive Karoo basin.

The South African government banned hydraulic fracturing during 2011-12 (OGJ Online, Sept. 11, 2012).

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Related Articles

A House bill aimed at increasing the safety around oil transportation on land and water has cleared a key committee.

Bill to toughen rules around oil transport clears key hurdle

South Sudanese rebels say they have released three oil workers — two Indians and a Pakistani — after they were abducted and held for three weeks amid the country's civil war.

South Sudan rebels release 3 abducted foreign oil workers

Siemens Wind Power has received an order for a new onshore wind project in the southwest of France.

Siemens to provide wind turbines for 21 MW Futuren project in France

Tune into the ongoing NCAA Tournament, and you are sure to see an advertisement that proclaims,