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Argh. Shell fracking encroaching on one of my favourite things about SA – SALT in Sutherland.

Is nothing out of the reach of the ‘oil’igarchy? Livid.
South Africa’s top scientists are fuming over plans to extract gas from the proposed site of the world’s largest telescope – a R15-billion astronomy project in the Karoo.

If petroleum giant Shell has its way, it could also be exploring for gas next to the country’s famous Sutherland observatory, in an area declared an astronomy reserve three years ago.

Shell’s proposed prospecting area includes about 100000km² of South Africa’s arid heartland, one of the quietest places on earth and an astronomy hot spot because of its clear skies.
From Times Live.  Find more of this article here