The Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of an application brought by AfriForum and the Treasure Karoo Action Group to halt shale gas exploration in the Karoo.
The court ruled the mineral resources minister did not have the authority to make regulations for petroleum exploration and production.
The 2015 regulations make provision for allowing fracking in South Africa.
This decision has sent a good message to the department to get its house in order if it wants to pursue this type of thing.— Jonathan Deal, CEO - Treasure Karoo Action Group
Both the TKAG and AfriForum have fought for several years to prevent fracking in the Karoo.
Deal explains what the group's next challenge would be should the government grant exploration licences under new regulations.
To make sure that wherever they want to conduct the exploration they can tick, properly tick all the environmental safeguard boxes.— Jonathan Deal, CEO - Treasure Karoo Action Group
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'No fracking' Appeal Court victory for AfriForum and Treasure Karoo Action Group