File photo: Anti Fracking protestors march in Cape Town. Picture: Brenton Geach

Cape Town - Cabinet has agreed to lifting the moratorium on applications for fracking in the Karoo.

Cabinet approved the report on shale gas exploration submitted by the minister of mineral resources from the technical task team convened last year, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane told a post-Cabinet media briefing.

This was after the department imposed a moratorium on applications for exploration for shale gas, using the fracking method, in the Karoo.

“Cabinet endorsed recommendations of the report on the lifting of the afore-stated moratorium.”

Cabinet had further mandated Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu to hold a series of public consultations with interested and affected stakeholders to provide further details, he said. - Sapa