Third Energy has withdrawn its planning application to frack its well at Kirby Misperton in the Vale of Pickering.
A statement on the company’s website said North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) had informed Third Energy that the application could not be validated. The council has asked for clarification.
The statement continued: “Having reviewed NYCC’s feedback, Third Energy has decided to withdraw the current application. A new application will be made shortly, taking into account NYCC’s comments.”
Commenting on this decision, John Dewar, Director of Operations, said :
“Whilst the individual reasons for not validating the application are not difficult to address, we have decided that the simplest course of action is to resubmit the revised documents as a new application.”
Chris Redston, of Frack Free Ryedale, commented, “The fact that the NYCC were unable to validate this application after nearly three weeks of negotiation with Third Energy is unlikely to fill anyone with confidence that the company would be able to frack ‘safely and discreetly’, as its PR department continues to claim.
“Third Energy had already submitted a detailed Scoping Opinion to the NYCC months earlier, so validation should have been a formality, normally taking no more than 48 hours.”
“We request that Third Energy and the North Yorkshire County Council state publicly what the problems are with the application and the reasons why the application failed its validation test. Failure to do so will undermine Third Energy’s crumbling credibility even further, and leave the company open to accusations of a cover-up.”
Russell Scott, of Frack Free North Yorkshire, added, “If they can’t even get the planning application right, what hope is there that they will be able to frack safely?”
A public consultation on the company’s application for environmental permits opened yesterday.