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jdeal217 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 12:59 AM
Continued / .... We believe that this corporate giant and the many other companies that would follow them across most of South Africa can be beaten. Jonathan Deal is chairman of TKAG in South Africa and is an unpaid volunteer."
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jdeal217 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 12:57 AM
Shell talks of 100 years of shale gas in America. If gas in South Africa lasts the same time – what happens after that? Will Shell clean up their mess? Will Shell bring drinking water to your house? Will Shell pay medical bills? As Shell looks forward to ‘working with the people of South Africa’, TKAG looks forward to telling South Africans the real truth about fracking – we don’t have a millionth of Shell’s budget – but we love South Africa and our continent of Africa – and we will not back down. We will truthfully and factually inform the public about this very real risk to the sustainable prosperity of South Africa. Continued/...
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jdeal217 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 12:56 AM
Continued/... We have told Shell and our Cabinet Ministers that Shell is being untruthful with the South African public. I repeat that claim today. Shell is untruthful with the South African public about fracking. Shell talks of global onshore operating principles – they say nothing of their current problems in the Arctic or the fact that President Obama’s advisors are considering withdrawing Shell’s permits to operate in the Arctic. They don’t tell South Africans about their fracking violations in America through 2011 – 2013. Shell have been invited to various debates in public forums to debate against TKAG. They decline – time after time. TKAG today again, invites Shell to debate fracking at any public forum of their choice.
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jdeal217 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 12:55 AM
Continued/ ...Why wait until the earth has another billion energy users, before implementing the development of renewable technology? How will future South Africans – the children and grandchildren of those that Shell is treating to free lunches – look back on fracking when the gas is finished? For every ‘positive’ report that the oil and gas industry can find on fracking, we can supply negative reports – a lot more. From credible scientists and physicians. The oil and gas industry has been caught effectively paying for favourable reports from universities. In my opinion and experience the industry will say what it needs to say to achieve its corporate agenda. Continued /...
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jdeal217 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 12:54 AM
Continued/ I am absolutely and completely convinced that fracking is a bad choice for South Africa. The picture in America, and in other countries is not as Shell paints it. The communities in those countries, if not stacked against fracking are at least divided about the technology. Of the more than 100 media articles a day dealing with fracking around the world, on average 10% have reported positive aspects of fracking. It is not in South Africa’s interest to pursue shale gas. This will lock us into a deeper dependency on fossil fuels and delay the onset of renewable technology – which we so desperately need. A simple proposition followed by two questions that Shell won’t answer: Someday, all fossil fuels will be exhausted.
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jdeal217 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 12:53 AM
Continued / In Africa, their reputation is appalling. This is the straightforward response of a simple South African, to a very carefully crafted piece of PR. Shell cares not a jot about South Africans, with or without electricity. In the two years that we have withstood Shell, and challenged the truthfulness of their claims, they have never once said – or admitted – “Shell is here for the money”. Whether there is shale gas or not, whether it can be extracted or not – Shell will leave SA when it suits them. They are completely prepared to sell their special blend of environmental risk and damage to our government to meet their corporate objectives. continued/
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jdeal217 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 12:52 AM
"No matter how fracking (shale gas mining) is dressed up by Shell and others, it remains a destructive, dangerous, and unsustainable technology. In my position as chairman of Treasure Karoo Action (TKAG) in South Africa, I have spent more than 2 years researching fracking and learning about the companies that are fracking around the world. What I have learned is shocking. The international oil and gas industry has a well deserved reputation for polluting, being untruthful about the scale and extent of the pollution, and when challenged, using their billions of dollars to keep the matter tied up in court. continued .../
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