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Friday, November 22, 2013

Another shale struggle takes place in South Africa


karooThe Fight for the Karoo 
                                                                       By ANN PINCA
Thousands of miles from the contested drilling rigs of Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale, another shale struggle takes place in South Africa. Since 2011, a fight has been waged by farmers, native Khoi people, and conservationists to keep shale gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing out of the Karoo, a 150,000 square mile region in the heartland of South Africa. Yet even though it may be far from the forests of Pennsylvania, there is a personal connection between the citizens of the Karoo and the Keystone State.
In July 2011, South African livestock farmers Dougie Stern and Lukie Strydom  visited Lycoming County at the invitation of RDA members after they met at an event in Ithaca, NY.  The Karoo farmers visited drilling operations in eastern Lycoming County as part of a two-week information gathering tour to the northeastern United States.  Accompanying them was South African documentary filmmaker Jolynn Minnaar.

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