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 follow but please save the date in your diary so that we can show the opposition to fracking in North Yorkshire.

There have been over 3000 written objections sent to the county council planners objecting to Third Energy’s application to frack at Kirby Misperton, near Malton.

Ryedale District Council Planning Committee members, as well as town and parish councils local to the site, have passed motions against fracking, reflecting the overwhelming opposition from communities right across the district.

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Ian Conlan, Malton resident, says: “This is a hugely important application for everybody in Yorkshire. Huge swathes of the county have been licensed for fracking, despite widespread opposition, but it will be county councillors that decide on whether to allow fracking a foothold. Government ministers have already indicated they wish to progress large scale fracking applications for multiple wells after pushing to get exploratory fracking approved locally. The public should be under no illusions about the huge impact that very noisy and intrusive 24 hour, 7 day a week drilling and fracking would have on the area and people’s well being.”

Local people’s concerns about fracking include worries about the large numbers of lorries on narrow country roads that the industry will bring, alongside high levels of noise, including at night and weekends, air pollution, potential contamination of drinking water and threat to the landscape and wildlife, all of which could have negative impact on agriculture and tourism.

Sue Gough, resident of Little Barugh just half a mile from the site, says: “The majority of people in the area oppose fracking, and we urge County councillors to listen to those concerns and reject this application. We would like councillors to resist the pressure from central Government and listen to their local voters.”

Anti fracking protest in Malton in 2015
Anti fracking protest in Malton in 2015

 

Councillor Di Keal says: “Ryedale district councillors have rightly listened to the well founded and evidence-based concerns of residents across the district. Objections have been raised by a wide cross section of our community across the district, including farmers, business owners, tourist attractions, major land owners, doctors and scientists and householders.

“Councillors have been left in no doubt about the devastating impact that fracking would have on livelihoods, health, the tranquillity of the countryside, and the legacy it will leave our children and grandchildren if this hugely polluting industry is allowed to proliferate across the countryside.

“We now need our County Councillors to listen just as carefully, act on those concerns and reject this application to frack.”

If people are concerned about this application, they can write a letter to members of County Council’s Planning Committee, their own County Councillor, and the Leader of the County Council

Third Energy's drilling at Kirby Misperton in 2013 using Cuadrillas drilling rig
Third Energy’s drilling at Kirby Misperton in 2013 using Cuadrillas drilling rig

 

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