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While the Blombos / Stilbaai / Duiwenhoks area survived the threat of Gas Fracking, there are other areas, like the Karoo, which are now in the spotlight. There will be a public meeting held in Cape Town this week to discuss the issue of fracking in South Africa. Venue: The Sports Science Institute Cape Town, Boundary Road, Newlands (next to the WP Rugby pavilion). Friday 25 March 2011 17:00 – 20:00
A good post on a local blog about walking in our area:duiwenhoks-river-estuary.html
Have a look at this good piece. 2011-03-04-shell-takes-gung-ho-stance-on-karoo-fracking-outrage
The CSIR is assisting ABI energy with assessing the most appropriate options for Energy from Invasive Alien plants on the Agulhas plains. There have been three workshops to help with the planning and assessment of these Invasive Alien plant to Energy (IAP2Energy) options. This meeting will present the final findings and recommendations from this study.
Date:17 March 1000h -1300h
Location: Bontebok Room, Department Agriculture, BREDASDORP
Golder, the same consultants who tried to get the Blombos/Stillbaai Gas project through PASA, have apparently given Shell the environmental ‘green light’. See story here plan-to-test-for-gas-gets-backing-1.1039245
In Cape Town, a public meeting is scheduled to be held on Friday, March 25, from 5pm to 8pm, at the Sports Science Institute in Boundary Road, Newlands.
The presentation of the “Flight for Birders” bird identification course by Anton Odendal in Grootbrak has been scheduled for 12 and 13 May 2011. The costs will be R 400-00 per head. The costs include the course manual and a certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa – roughly 1,600 slides and drawings will be used.
Details here: PRESS RELEASE 2
When I read the article below from the New York Times, I’m even more thankful that we were able to keep our area free from Gas drilling and fracking. NYT Article on Fracking