Sol Plaatje University

Sol Plaatje University presents the first public lecture in a series on Fracking, Energy, and Groundwater titled 'Shale Gas in the Karoo - the scientific facts ??'. It was presented by Prof Danie Vermeulen, Director of the Institute for Groundwater Studies, University of the Free State.

A recording of the lecture by Prof Danie Vermeulen is now available on YouTube, for those of you that missed it.


Prof Gerrit van Tonder and Fanie de Lange in the programme Fokus on SABC2, Sunday 13 October 2013

Views on Hydraulic Fracking in the Karoo

Description: Institute for Groundwater Studies (IGS) Keywords: fracking, Karoo, prof. Gerrit van Tonder, IGS, South2North, Shell, World Wildlife Fund

Is fracking for shale gas an environmental and social risk or the golden ticket to energy freedom that could lift Africa out of centuries of energy dependence?

This week on South2North, Redi speaks to three players in the fracking game - Bonang Mohale of Shell South Africa; Prof Gerrit van Tonder from the Institute for Groundwater Studies at the University of the Free State; and Saliem Fakier from the World Wildlife Fund.

South2North: The Price of Energy

Has fracking technology really been around for 60 years? I find that very hard to believe...the author clearly hasn't done her homework.

Comment by Prof Gerrit van Tonder:
The fracking technology is indeed about 60 years old, but horizontal drilling only started in 1993 (George Mitchell) but real high-volume slick water horizontal fracking only started about seven years ago.

Other video clips

Prof Gerrit van Tonder speaks about Fracking in the Karoo
Model of fracking fluid migration (Afrikaans)

Mr Fanie de Lange, PhD student in Geohydrology, brings an update on Prof Van Tonder's model
Karoo Fracking - A model for fluid migration – Upgrade (English)

Dr Modreck Gomo, post-doc researcher, and Mr Pacome Ahokpossie, PhD student in Geohydrology, developed a model to illustrate that fracking can create a man-made artesian aquifer.
Karoo Fracking - Physical model by IGS students

Radio Pretoria, 13 Junie 2012
Prof Gerrit van Tonder speaks about fracking in the Karoo.

RSG, 14 Julie 2012
Prof Gerrit van Tonder speaks about the impact of fracking in the Karoo (Afrikaans)


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