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Minimum Requirements for the Regulation of Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing in South Africa

Minimum Requirements for the Regulation of Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing in South Africa

December 2013

In light of the potentially severe and pervasive effects associated with the nascent shale gas industry, in particular the fracking technique, it is important that fracking is regulated by an appropriate and comprehensive regulatory regime that is implemented, monitored and enforced. In response, CER published this set of Minimum Requirements for the Regulation of the Environmental Impacts of Fracking, in 2013. These Minimum Requirements followed on the CER’s Position Statement on protection of environmental rights in decisions around fracking for shale gas, published in August 2012.

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Section 24of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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