Kalahari Kgalagadi wildlife threatened by Fracking

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Re-posted from an HVEF! comrade and local activist’s petition to ban fracking in the Kalahari -Kgalagadi Wildlife Park 

Editors note: While we generally don’t promote petitions for their inadequate efficacy, we appreciate our friend’s efforts and hope fracking in this unique and bio-diverse area never takes root, by any means necessary)

The Kalahari Desert area, located on the border of Botswana and South Africa, is a rare and fragile ecosystem, home to unusual species such as the cheetah, black-maned Kalahari lion, gemsbok antelope, and pygmy falcon. 36,000 sq km of this ecosystem are contained in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Peace Park on the borders of Botswana and South Africa.

Secretively, and without the knowledge or consent of park officials or scientists, the Botswana government and a UK based company, now known as KAROO energy, engaged in a deal to permit fracking in the park.

Preliminary drilling is now underway. If left to continue, the usual effects of fracking, which include irreparable water, soil & air toxification, as well as heavy traffic & noise pollution, will occur in this dry habitat, now home to these rare species that require large undisturbed areas to feed, breed, and migrate, and will likely lead to the demise and even extinction of these beautiful species.

These species have their own intrinsic rights to live, and their ecosytem is a treasure to be respected & protected for present and future generations. A wildlife park is, and should be, just that, NOT a toxic industrial or mining operation.

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