On Monday 23rd May 2016, North Yorkshire County Council Planning Committee approved the application to begin fracking at Kirby Misperton in Ryedale. The meeting started on Friday 20th May and continued for two whole days before the committee voted, passing the application by 7 votes to 4. The council received 4375 written objections to the application and only 36 in support. Almost 100 people spoke at the meeting against the application. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside County Hall in Northallerton where there was a stage, and sound from the meeting was being broadcast. The demonstration was well supported by members of Frack Free Harrogate District and other residents of our area, and many of them made spoken representations to the councillors.
We are naturally very disappointed by this decision but everybody in the group is determined to fight on against the KM8 fracking operation and to oppose any further attempts to frack in Yorkshire or anywhere in the UK.
For videos of the planning meeting click here *
* Parental guidance – videos from Monday 23 May part 2 onwards may cause anger and swearing in your home.
Fracking visit gave a different picture – see here
“WE need to paint a picture for local people to show them that [fracking can be done without industrialising the countryside]. At the moment, we are losing the PR war.”.
Is this a quote from fossil fuel industry, keen to foist fracking on a sceptical public? Or perhaps from the Westminster government, wishing to test out this controversial technique on the North? No – it’s from our own MP, Kevin Hollinrake, in a debate in Parliament on December 15, declaring war on his constituents.
Having heard that Mr Hollinrake was reassured by his visit to Pennsylvania, my wife and I decided to visit the same areas and meet some of the same people, hoping that we would be similarly reassured. We were not reassured. We met people with poisoned water sources, heard stories of a decimated tourist industry, found out about the boom-and-bust impact with itinerant workers swarming through then moving on, of residents taking sides and communities being ripped apart in bitter quarrels.
The big corporations had arrived with stories of being good neighbours, of tucking themselves away in quiet corners, of it all being different from what had happened in other US states. Isn’t this the same story Mr Hollinrake is now peddling to us? Was his Pennsylvania visit just a sham part of his self-proclaimed “PR war”? The people he visited in Pennsylvania certainly think so.
Steven White, Great Edstone