Edited by Erkki J. Hollo
Chapter 15: Shale gas development and water in South Africa: regulatory aspects
South Africa does not have a single, integrated law that comprehensively provides regulation of all water aspects during the life cycle stages of shale gas development (SGD). Two published reports on water related aspects of SGD in South Africa seem to agree on a number of main findings. One of the findings relates to the need for alignment between different pieces of legislation. The findings of (i) the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and (ii) the Report on South Africa’s Technical Readiness for SGD seem to indicate that further enhancements to the regulatory framework are likely. There is currently no intergovernmental agency or body to facilitate and enable cooperative governance and the alignment of different laws and agencies. We believe government would be well-advised to establish such an institution as soon as possible so that it can benefit from an integrated and holistic approach to water-SGD governance. Keywords: Chapter 15 (Coetzee and Kotzé): Hydraulic fracturing, shale-gas development (SGD), water cycle of SGD, water acquisition, chemical mixing well injection, water resources of South Africa
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.