Shale gas protest


Cape Town, South Africa, 21 August 2014 – Activists resisting shale gas fracking in the Karoo and globally will today picket outside Shell’s offices at 10 Rua Vasco Da Gama, Foreshore at 16h00.

Critically, activists from Milieudefensie [1] (and partner organisations) in The Netherlands have come to South Africa to understand Shell’s plans for the Karoo in order to place pressure on the Dutch corporation back home. Also part of the picket will be two small-scale emerging farmers from Willowmore and Steytlerville in the Karoo affiliated to the Southern Cape Land Committee [2], and members of Pietermaritzburg NGO groundWork [3]. The picket will focus specifically on the question of contamination of water in the Karoo, amongst other negative impacts that are associated with shale gas fracking.

groundWork (Friends of the Earth South Africa)
Southern Cape Land Committee
Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth The Netherlands)


[1] Milieudefensie has 80 local member groups, with the organisation’s vision being one of ensuring an environment that is clean and healthy for people to live in. One of their campaigns is actively supporting activists in Nigeria resisting Shell, in particular taking the company to court in The Netherlands for destruction of people’s environments.  Milieudefensie is The Netherlands member of Friends of the Earth International
[2] The Southern Cape Land Committee works with excluded rural women, men and youth in the Southern Cape and western regions of the Eastern Cape towards agrarian transformation. SCLC’s vision is for a vibrant, sustainable and vibrant countryside where there is no poverty, people are living lives of dignity, family values and community culture are upheld, the environment is protected and there is a more equitable access to and control over natural resources and opportunities
[3] groundWork is an environmental justice organisation working with community people from around South Africa, and increasingly Southern Africa, on environmental justice and human rights issues focusing on Coal, Climate and Energy Justice, Waste and Environmental Health. groundWork is the South African member of Friends of the Earth International