An investigation by Frack Free Ryedale has revealed that Third Energy the controversial fracking company has been warned by the Environment Agency for breaching its environmental monitoring permits at its Knapton generating station in February 2017.
In a separate incident Third Energy were also criticised by the regulator for failing to use the permitted method for monitoring groundwater quality at their Pickering well site.
These discoveries are yet another clear demonstration of Third Energy’s poor management and another strong example of why they cannot be trusted to operate safely in Ryedale.
In February 2017 the Environment Agency issued Third Energy with a ‘compliance assessment report’ following a visit to Knapton Generating Station on the 30/01/17. The visiting EA officer noted that a ‘permit breach’ had occurred because Third Energy had failed to monitor emissions from the gas power generating station correctly.
The EA officer concluded; “on review of the 2016 stack emissions data it was evident that the monthly mean figures for the stack emissions were incorrect”. Adding “A CAT 3 permit breach is given for management systems”.
In a separate incident a few months prior at Third Energy’s Pickering Well site the Environment Agency were also critical of Third Energy’s failure to follow the permitted and agreed method for monitoring groundwater quality. The EA officer noted “Table S3.4 of the permit includes the following specification; Three borehole volumes must be purged prior to sampling. This was not NOT the method being used on site and instead dedicated low flow bladder pumps had been installed in each of the three on site monitoring boreholes. This is an acceptable method for monitoring, however it is not the one specified in the permit and should have been agreed in advance”. The EA also said “please ensure in future that any deviations are flagged at an early state to ensure that methods are acceptable”
Russell Scott of Frack Free Ryedale said; “After failing to inform local residents of gas leaks on multiple occasions, this company has now been caught issuing false air pollution figures. How can the local community trust this company when they repeatedly withhold information about the true picture of their activities.”
Ian Conlan, Malton resident, added: “This company has deliberately used a different scheme of monitoring water that was not subject to a public consultation. They treat our community with utter contempt, then with government backing force fracking which is far more risky than conventional gas extraction.”
Sue Gough, a grandmother from Little Barugh, said: “US research has found significantly increased infant deaths in heavily fracked areas in Pennsylvania, and it is thought water contamination from fracking is to blame. Together with headaches, nausea, and asthma attacks attributable to fracking’s air pollution, we have a toxic mix heading to Ryedale that we must stop now before it is too late.”