Anti-Fracking Project

frackingsaFor SAFCEI’s dedicated website about Fracking in South Africa, click here

SAFCEI has a dedicated office in Graaff-Reinet, in South Africa’s Karoo region where our colleague Dr Stefan Cramer works with local community, educating and empowering them to participate in the fracking debate. Watch our animated video below to find out why fracking in the Karoo doesn’t make any sense:

 DOLERITES – Guardians of the Karoo

Why would SAFCEI need a scientific advisor focusing on Fracking (or Hydraulic Fracturing) you may ask?  

The straight answer is that while the solutions to the environmental and eco-justice challenges facing us are about the ethics, values and socially responsible politics, the science behind many environmental issues is complex, conflicting and, at times, covered up.  Since its founding in 2004, SAFCEI identified the need for a shift to earth friendly energy sources as a priority.  Understanding the complex issues around Climate Change, renewable energy solutions and unbundling the vested interests of the fossil fuel multi-nationals requires solid science. 

Dr Stefan Cramer with student

Dr Stefan Cramer with student

A rusty sign points to a now defunct Shell petrol station in the Karoo CStefan Cramer

A rusty sign points to a now defunct Shell petrol station in the Karoo  – Photo by Stefan Cramer

Dr Stefan Cramer, SAFCEI’s  science advisor, over the past years has helped to strengthen understanding of these issues amongst local communities as well as offering a well- grounded technical response to the fracking debate.  He has a doctorate with specializations in applied geology and geo-ecology and a wealth of experience in mining, hydrogeology and the social and environmental impacts of Climate Change.  A significant part of his career has involved working with aid and development agencies in support of local communities and environmental organisations around the world. He has been involved on Africa for more than 40 years. He is a deeply committed Christian enriching the SAFCEI team with his special combination of geotechnical understanding and passion for Earth Keeping.

SAFCEI Fracking leaflet