Ryedale District council rejects Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton Fracking application in overwhelming vote

Ryedale District council voted overwhelmingly in favour to reject Third Energy's fracking plans at Kirby Misperton. Ryedale District Council’s planning committee recommended refusal of the scheme to frack the existing KM8 well. The vote was seven for refusal, one abstention and two against – though it is thought these were the result of pushing the wrong button. Therefore … [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...]

Spinwatch investigation reveals UK’s leading home insurers will not provide cover against fracking contamination

  An investigation carried out by Spinwatch reveals Householders could face an insurance double-whammy if they live within a five-mile radius of shale gas exploration sites. The full article published by Spinwatch can be read here As householders across the UK continue the great flood clean-up, many are battling with insurance companies. Some are discovering that … [Read more...]

140 Yorkshire heritage spots covered by fracking exploration licences

The Yorkshire Post reports; Fens, woodland and marshland as well as dozens of much loved Yorkshire beauty spots now fall under shale gas exploration licences. New research undertaken by the independent House of Commons library and Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh show that one sixth of Yorkshire’s protected landscape, including 140 Sites of Special Scientific Interest … [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...]

Third Energy safety failures exposed

DAMNING REPORT ON THIRD ENERGY SAFETY FAILURES AND INSPECTION REGIMES To read a Word Document version of this page, please click on the link below. This version also includes screenshots of the original documents that have been obtained under Freedom of Information requests. Third Energy safety record failures - briefing document Third Energy claim that they have an … [Read more...]

Government opens up large areas of North Yorkshire for fracking

Just before Christmas, the Government granted Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences (PEDLs) for large parts of North Yorkshire. The licences grant exclusive access to operators and are the first step in the regulatory for companies wanting to carry out fracking and other oil and gas drilling. To find out how these PEDLs affect your local area, check the Oil and Gas … [Read more...]

Leaked letter exposes Government plans to ditch local democracy

A letter leaked to Friends of the Earth reveals that the Government plans to have industrial-scale shale gas fracking production “within 10 years” and is considering making this happen by taking the right to decide on future shale gas production away from local councils like North Yorkshire County Council. The letter lays out plans from the Energy secretary, Amber Rudd, the … [Read more...]

Kirby Misperton – new decision date proposed

North Yorkshire County Council has written to Third Energy proposing a new date of 29 April for the decision on whether to allow fracking at Kirby Misperton in Ryedale. In their letter, the council point to the recently closed consultation on information provided by Third Energy and Ryedale Council's request for more time to come to a view on the application. They also suggest … [Read more...]

North Yorkshire County Council invests over £100million in high polluting fossil fuel & ‘fracking’ firms

Whilst world leaders meet once again in Paris  to try and reach a global agreement to tackle climate change closer to home North Yorkshire county council invests its pension fund heavily in high polluting and financially risky fossil fuel companies including controversial Fracking firms. Frack Free North Yorkshire has learnt via Freedom of Information requests that North … [Read more...]