Canadian oil and gas exploration company, ReconAfrica, has announced on its website that it has acquired the rights to drill for fracking in more than 35,000km2 of north-east Namibia and north-west Botswana, an area that includes the Namibian headwaters of the Okavango Delta and the Tsodilo Hills, a World Heritage Site in Botswana. The Daily Maverick reports that ReconAfrica claims that this new discovery, which sits along the banks of the Kavango River, straddling the border between Namibia and Botswana, inside the newly proclaimed Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, could be bigger than the Eagle Ford shale basin in Texas, which the United States Energy Information Agency says is one of the largest terrestrial oil and gas finds in the world. The publication reports that the project is largely unknown within the Namibian conservation, mining, and community and conservancy communities but that maps from both the Namibian and Botswanan ministries of mines confirm that the company has been granted petroleum prospecting licences in the area, while ReconAfrica states on it’s website that Namibian state oil company NAMCOR owns 10% of the license. To read the full story published by the Daily Maverick visit the Future Media News Facebook and Twitter pages.