Canadian oil and gas company Recon Africa said in an August 2020 press release that they are planning to drill oil and gas wells into an environmentally sensitive, protected area in Africa that supplies the Okavango Delta with water.
The drilling location sits along the banks of the Kavango River, straddling the border between Namibia and Botswana, inside of the newly proclaimed Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, called the KAZA Park.
Image: Lake Nguma in the north part of the Delta. The Okavango Delta is one of the center pieces of the new KAZA Park. Lake Nguma is in a community-run conservancy that works in partnership with a private lodge called Nguma Island Lodge.
Five years ago Alliance Earth produced the award winning film The High Cost Of Cheap Gas, an in-depth look at gas and oil developments that use the controversial technique called hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The film uncovers why fracking is unsustainable, dangerous to communities, the environment, the financial system and contributes towards climate change.The movie also uncovered how fracking in Botswana had been going ahead without proper environmental permits. You can see that movie in its entirety for free
The Polluting Legacy Of Oil And GasThe main issue with fracking is that it uses a vast amount of water, as much as 35 million liters per frack, which it then leaves highly polluted, explains the US government.Fracking companies have invaded communities in the USA, made a lot of money and then departed, leaving hundreds of towns across America polluted and unable to clean up the mess, explains this US government study.The towns most affected? Economically disadvantaged communities with little ability to defend themselves and their homes against the greed of these industrial giants.
The produced water from fracking is so toxic that it will kill anything that drinks it, and it is often left on the ground or poorly disposed of, according to the US National Wildlife Federation.
Fracking has also been shown to have polluted the groundwater permanently in some US States where it has been allowed,