ATTENTION EDITORS - 26 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'SOUTH AFRICA - WATER, WEALTH AND FRACKING' WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THIS ADVISORY SEARCH 'FRACKING HUTCHINGS ' FOR ALL PICTURES. PXP101-PXP126 Mike ... more 
ATTENTION EDITORS - 26 PICTURES FOR PACKAGE 'SOUTH AFRICA - WATER, WEALTH AND FRACKING' WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THIS ADVISORY SEARCH 'FRACKING HUTCHINGS ' FOR ALL PICTURES. PXP101-PXP126 Mike Hutchings spent time documenting life in the Karoo. Stretching across the heart of South Africa, the Karoo has stirred emotions for centuries, a stunning semi-desert wilderness fit mainly for artists, hunters and the toughest of farmers. It is now rousing less romantic passions. If energy companies and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) get their way, it will soon be home to scientists and geologists mapping out shale gas fields touted as game-changers for Africa's biggest economy, and working out whether fracking will work here. Some residents fear hydraulic fracturing will pollute scarce water supplies and destabilise agriculture, which has for three centuries been the mainstay of the local economy. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ENERGY BUSINESS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) TEMPLATE OUT less 
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Reuters | Photo By MIKE HUTCHINGS / REUTERS
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