Our Lion’s River Walk begins on Global Anti-Fracking Day (22 September 2013). We intend to use this walk to highlight the potential risks to many of our KZN rivers by the highly controversial shale gas extraction process, known as Fracking.
Fracking is a process of using a mix of sand, water and various toxic chemicals such as Arsenic, chlorides, Radon, Radium, diesel oil and benzene which is blasted into underground shale layers up to 4 kilometres deep and up to 4 kilometres horizontally in order to fracture the layers of shale rock and release the gasses.
Potentially, Fracking can contaminate underground water as well as our rivers, and some of the concerns of the anti-fracking lobby are that potential water contamination impacts have not been eliminated; that fracking uses vast amounts of water (640 million litres of water per well pad, of which there could be thousands); that there is no satisfactory disposal method for the toxic sludge post fracking. There are vast problems overseas (USA, Australia) with post fracking water contamination, and some European countries have banned fracking. If you would like to learn more about this potential threat to our water resources, google www.treasurethekaroo.co.za, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch this short music video: My Water is on Fire Tonight http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=timfvNgr_Q4&feature=youtu.be
Read a previous post on fracking: https://umngeniriverwalk.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/fracking-coming-soon-to-an-area-near-you/
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