WESSA Eden Newsletter November 2019

Dear Friends of the Environment,

this month’s Newsletter is not quite as varied as in other months, but still of interest to you we trust.


Our next event is a presentation on

FRACKING IN THE KAROO – potential impacts on ecological systems

presented by Jan Arkert, a consulting engineering geologist with 30 years of mining experience

DATE: 16 November 2019 TIME: 9:45 for 10:00

VENUE: Environmental Education Centre, Garden Route Botanical Garden

Space at the Environmental Centre venue is limited to about 60 – 70 people, so it is advisable to book your seat well in advance via e-mail to Annemarie: angebhar@telkomsa.net 

Entrance R20 includes tea and biscuits. Donations to our coffers always welcome.

There is other news coming from the UK other than about Brexit…… the complete articles can be found using the links.

Lancashire fracking: 2.9 magnitude tremor recorded 26 August 2019


An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.9 has been recorded near the UK’s only active shale gas site in Lancashire.

The tremor near Blackpool was recorded at about 08:30 BST and is stronger than those that forced Cuadrilla to suspend test fracking in 2011.

Cuadrilla said it was investigating the tremor and said no fracking was being carried out at the time.

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) said fracking would be suspended while it assessed recent seismic activity.

The latest quake is the third recorded in less than a week.

It follows another earthquake, with a magnitude of 2.1, measured at the Little Plumpton site on Saturday, which followed another tremor measured at 1.6 on Wednesday.

Fracking halted after government pulls support   2 November 2019


The government has called a halt to shale gas extraction – or fracking – in England amid fears about earthquakes.

The indefinite suspension comes after a report by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) said it was not possible to predict the probability or size of tremors caused by the practice.

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said it may be temporary – imposed “until and unless” extraction is proved safe

We look forward to a good turnout at our last event of 2019.

Regards, Christine

Christine Ridge-Schnaufer
Honorary Secretary
Tel: 044 873 4203 Fax: 086 646 5458
e-mail: wessageorge@isat.co.za

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