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Uranium Joins Fracking in South Africa Sheep-Farmer Concerns

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Civil-society groups plan to oppose new uranium-mining ventures in the Karoo region of South Africa, which is looking to add nuclear power-generating capacity.

Peninsula Energy Ltd., an Australian uranium explorer and producer, said Feb. 10 that deposits of the nuclear fuel buried in the semi-arid Karoo, where there are also plans to undertake hydraulic fracturing, may be 10 times greater than the 57 million-pound resource it has already found. Peninsula’s aim is to begin mining there in 2019 or 2020. Organizations including Oxfam South Africa met in Johannesburg Tuesday and plan to hold more meetings in Cape Town and in the Karoo, where sheep farming is a main industry.