We knew this was coming when the Conservatives were returned to office after the general election last year, didn’t we?
There had been votes to delay fracking in England during the Coalition Government – and moratoria remain in place in Wales and Scotland – but the Tories see fracking as a quick way to make lots of money so they were bound to get back onto it as soon as they could.
This Writer is only surprised this decision took as long as it has.
North Yorkshire Council has decided to grant fracking company Third Energy planning permission to frack a well on a site at Kirby Misperton in Ryedale.
These plans could pave the way for thousands of fracking wells to spread across Yorkshire and many other parts of the country if not stopped. Impacts, including pipelines, air pollution and waste disposal will spread far beyond the areas being drilled.
Today’s decision is part of a wider battle, between communities across the country and a fracking industry backed by central government, and as with Cuadrilla’s applications in Lancashire Third Energy’s plans in Ryedale are the thin end of a very large wedge.
This is a fight we can only win together. Live in the North Yorkshire region? Join the campaign today: http://frackfreeryedale.org/
The Independent reported that the North Yorkshire planning committee had received 4,375 letters of objection and only 36 of support.
This indicates the usefulness of any consultation process.
One has to wonder whether any of the objectors voted ‘Conservative’ last year.
The Tories are, of course, over the moon and have assured the UK that they have “tough” regulations in place to ensure that fracking is safe.
Sadly, we’ll have to let Ryedale be the judge of that.
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