The South African government will regulate and monitor companies eyeing to venture into gas search. In addition, the Director-General of the Mineral Resources Thibedi Ramontja, has said that the government will draft regulations aimed at dealing with environmental risks related to shale gas exploration in the country.
New applications for exploration had been stopped in 2011 to allow the department to investigate the impact of exploration activities on the environment. The process of investigation will be headed by an interdepartmental task team, according to Ramontja.
The public was also invited for comments after the publication of the draft regulations, which was done last year October.
Investigations also focused on ensuring fracking would not affect astronomy research projects linked to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project in the Karoo. This is the world’s biggest telescope and is being currently built in the country.
Ramontja also added that the government will soon identify and estimate the gas reserves in the country and strategize on how this will help the economy and create more jobs