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Call for comment: Draft Water Regulations for the exploration and production of onshore gas developments

7 May 2021

On 7 May 2021 the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation published her intention to make regulations on the exploration and production of onshore gas developments.

These regulations aim to protect water resources so as to avoid and minimise detrimental and cumulative impacts as a result of prescribed “controlled activities.” The controlled activity the Regulations are aimed at is “the exploration and or production of onshore naturally occurring hydrocarbons that requires stimulation, including but not limited to hydraulic fracturing and or underground gasification, to extract, and any activity incidental thereto that may impact detrimentally on the water resource.

The Minister has requested comment from the public on the draft Regulations for the use of water for exploration and production of onshore naturally occurring hydrocarbons that require stimulation, including hydraulic fracturing and underground gasification, to extract, and any activity incidental thereto that may impact detrimentally on the water resource.

Comment must be submitted to the Department before 7 June 2021.

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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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