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Gas exploration wells planned for Free State

FREE STATE - European and American fossil fuel investors, Rhino Resources, has announced plans to dig dozens of gas exploration wells in the farmlands of the Free State. Rhino Resources has requested Mineral Resources and Energy minister, Gwede Mantashe, to drill roughly 50 exploration wells over a swathe of land currently occupied by more than 2500 farmers in the northern section of the Free State. Agri SA’s head of natural resources, Janse Rabie, says hydraulic fracturing is a risk to the country’s water, environment and food security.

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