Dutch princess shocked by Shell plan

10th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Princess Irene, the younger sister of Queen Beatrix, has said it came as a “huge shock” when she learned that Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell wants to drill for natural gas in the South African wilderness region known as Bergplaas.

The Dutch princess, who owns 7,500 hectares of the Bergplaas region, says she cannot imagine why anyone would want to

Princess Irene said she At the princess’ estate, visitors can hike a network of wilderness trials or enjoy an individual retreat for 'those in need of solitude and a change of pace.'

Contamination The Dutch princess and other landowners in the region are mainly concerned about the drilling method Shell is going to use. The hydraulic drilling method known as fracking involves injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the ground.

Shell argues it will drill down to such depths that there will not be any risk of contamination of the groundwater, but Princess Irene says there is always a risk. Princess Irene says she has not met with Shell officials yet, but will do so in the near future.”

Shares The princess has denied rumours alleging that she and her family own Shell stocks.  



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