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Ivo Vegter Highlights the Need for Development in the Karoo

Extreme EnvironmentIvo Vegter, author of Extreme Environment, has written a column for the Daily Maverick about the need for development in the Karoo, saying that his “latest trip through the Karoo has done little to convince [him] that fears about shale gas drilling justify blocking the economic development of the region.”

Vegter writes that the “ill-founded, misinformed, and short-sighted fears of the environmentalist elite cannot trump the needs of local businesses and communities”.

Every time I visit towns along the N12, they are a little more dilapidated and desperate. This is the backdrop, the quiet tragedy, against which wealthy elites protest the potential development of shale gas resources.

My latest trip through the Karoo has done little to convince me that fears about shale gas drilling justify blocking the economic development of the region. On the contrary, the towns and rural areas need a boost, and urgently. The ill-founded, misinformed, and short-sighted fears of the environmentalist elite cannot trump the needs of local businesses and communities.

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