Shale Gas Development Scenarios and Activities
A summary document and video has been released that describes scenarios and activities which my be assumed for shale gas development in the Karoo region of South Africa. The purpose of the Shale Gas Development Scenarios and Activities, which forms Chapter 1 of the Scientific Assessment report, is to describe the scale and type of activities assumed for three shale gas development scenarios of increasing magnitude. The scenarios are described in the context of a reference scenario where there is no shale gas development and cover a range of plausible futures. It does not present any conclusions regarding how likely or desirable any of the scenarios are, neither does it outline the site specific regulatory processes which will be required for decision-making around shale gas development. Rather, it provides a shared framework from which activity- and issue-related risk is estimated for the 17 strategic issue chapters which follow.
Please note that no comments submitted on the video or summary document will be taken. The full draft Chapter 1 along with the 17 other draft chapters will be available for public comment in mid-June for a 4 week period. All comments, correctly submitted, on the draft Scientific Assessment draft report will be responded in a formal manner by the multi-author teams.