Shale Gas Development in the Central Karoo: A Scientific Assessment of the Opportunities and Risks
Chapter 18: Impacts on infrastructure and spatial planning
Author: Elsona van Huyssteen, Cheri Green
Contributing Authors: Phil Paige-Green, Mark Oranje, Stephen Berrisford
Publication: Reprot: The CSIR led a large interdisciplinary team to analyse the potential impacts of shale gas mining on the Karoo.
Shale gas development (SGD) is expected to have the following impacts:
• Highly likely to be an incremental increase in the construction, upgrading and maintenance of road infrastructure with an associated increase in demand for scarce construction materials (including high quality gravel and water) and increased on-going road maintenance.
• Highly likely to be increased volumes of heavy vehicles on district and local roads, and a subsequent impact on major through routes (logistical corridors) in the wider region leading to 1) the deterioration of roads, and 2) necessitating higher levels of law enforcement and traffic management, to prevent vehicle overloading, traffic accidents and congestion.
• A high likelihood of formal and informal town growth and subsequent demand on housing, services and infrastructure in main towns, with resultant pressures on municipal capacity, financial viability resources and management, to ensure effective delivery.
Accompanied by an Appendix (click here).
This document, as well as the full CSIR report can be accessed at http://seasgd.csir.co.za/scientific-assessment-chapters/