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Fracking: Coming soon to Kirby Misperton in Ryedale, North Yorkshire.

Isn’t it interesting that – even though they’re not supposed to vote along party lines on planning issues – the North Yorkshire planning committee that granted permission for fracking in Ryedale, by a majority of seven to four, is composed of seven Conservatives and four other members?

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The council itself has a Conservative majority, with 45 Tory members and 27 others.

160524 fracking n yorks council composition

And it is also interesting that fracking in England – beginning a process that companies like Third Energy hope will break down resistance to the controversial process – will start in what George Osborne’s father-in-law described as “the unloved North”.

Is that enough ground for a legal challenge?

I know. It’s “clutching at straws” and anyone who suggests there’s any connection between the facts above and the determination of the Conservative Government in Westminster to force fracking on us whether we want it or not –

And 92 per cent of the people of Ryedale who expressed an interest definitely do not want it

– are probably conspiracy theorists who should be wearing tinfoil hats.

Just remember it when – as the ‘tinfoil hat’ image above states – you get the letter saying your water has been poisoned.

Oh, and consider adding your name to Friends of the Earth’s declaration of opposition to fracking in the UK:

North Yorkshire County Council have said Yes to dangerous fracking.

This is despite the opposition of thousands of local residents, businesses and Ryedale District Council.

Fracking poses unacceptable risks to people’s health, homes and goes against everything we need to do to tackle dangerous climate change.

The people of Yorkshire want to make it clear that this decision is not in their name, and they will continue the fight against fracking. Will you stand with them?

Together, our people power has kept the UK free from fracking for 5 years now. Let’s stand with Yorkshire and make sure Britain stays frack free.

Source: Add your name to the People’s Declaration. Say no to fracking. | Friends of the Earth

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