Future of fracking in Ryedale to be decided on 20 May

North Yorkshire County Council has announced that Third Energy's planning application for fracking at Kirby Misperton will be decided by their Planning Committee on Friday 20th May. Find out how you can do your bit to persuade North Yorkshire County Councillors to stand up for the people and reject the application - ACT NOW Details on what will happen on Decision Day will … [Read more...]

Facts before Fracks – Helmsley – Wed 20th April

Feathers Hotel, Helmsley - Wednesday 20th April - 7pm-9.30pm Hear Dr Tim Thornton, retired North Yorkshire GP, talk about the basics of fracking and its potential risks to human and animal health. Dr Thornton's presentation will be followed by the short film "Living With Fracking". The film is about the impact of fracking on rural Pennsylvania, filmed by Ryedale … [Read more...]

Ryedale District Council decision on KM8

On Tuesday 15th March, Ryedale District Council's Planning Committee will decide whether or not to object to Third Energy's application to frack at Kirby Misperton. Their recommendation will have significant influence on the final decision due to be taken at County Hall in Northallerton in April. Take action today - Contact your Ryedale district councillor and ask them to … [Read more...]

Facts Before Fracks in Sheriff Hutton

Sheriff Hutton Village Hall - Wednesday 9th March - 7pm-10pm Hear Dr Tim Thornton, retired North Yorkshire GP, talk about the basics of fracking and its potential risks to human and animal health. Dr Thornton's presentation will be followed by the short film "Living With Fracking". The film is about the impact of fracking on rural Pennsylvania, filmed by Ryedale residents … [Read more...]

Fracking traffic to increase air pollution

fracking truck in the US

A new study from Newcastle University predicts a potential increase in air pollution near fracking wells. Levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) could rise by up to 30% at peak times due to lorries shipping water and chemicals to sites and removing waste water. The report also looked into the effects of noise from vehicle movements and the damage to roads from the large number of 40 … [Read more...]

Very limited role for gas in the future, says new report

New research from the prestigious UK Energy Research Centre shows that the role of gas in a future UK energy system is "very limited". This is a blow to the fracking industry's claims that shale gas can be a bridging fuel to a low carbon future and highlights the risks faced by the UK Government as it pushes fracking. On the UKERC website, one of the report's authors and … [Read more...]

US methane spike coincides with fracking boom, says Harvard study

A research study from Harvard University showing that there has been a spike in methane emissions in the US coinciding with the growth of the fracking industry has been published in the Geophysical Research Letters journal. The study demonstrates that, since 2002, man-made methane emissions have increased by over 30%. Methane is a significant greenhouse gas with a warming … [Read more...]

Kevin Hollinrake – fracking cheerleader or local people’s representative?

Thirsk and Malton MP Kevin Hollinrake has come under fire from constituents after holding a Producers’ Summit behind closed doors in Westminster. The secret meeting with representatives from iGas, Ineos, Third Energy and Cuadrilla sought to develop a plan to roll out fracking across North Yorkshire. The summit follows on the heels of Mr Hollinrake’s resignation as a member … [Read more...]