A new public consultation on Third Energy’s plans to frack at a site in North Yorkshire is now underway.
And another may be needed before the application is decided because the company has still not provided all the information requested by North Yorkshire County Council.
Frack Free Ryedale, which opposes the plans, blamed the company for the delay and said today: “Third Energy are simply not fit to frack”.
North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) announced this third consultation would run for 21 days until Wednesday 10th February 2016.
In a statement it said:
“North Yorkshire County Council has received further information upon which the County Council is obliged to undertake public consultation regarding the Third Energy shale gas application at the KM8 well site near Kirby Misperton.”
The council said this would mean that the application would not be decided by the target date of 9th February 2016, which had been agreed with Third Energy last year.
The statement continued:
“There remains information outstanding required in order to finalise a report to Members to determine the application. Third Energy have been made aware of the position of the Council. If further information is received, this may necessitate further consultation.”
“We continue to endeavour to meet the earliest planning committee meeting we can for a determination.”
Third Energy first applied in May last year to frack the existing KM8 well at Kirby Misperton. That application and a second version were not validated by the council. The third version was approved in July. But NYCC planners asked for more information on 11th October and again on 19th November. Previous consultations were in August and November last year.
In a letter to the site’s neighbours, NYCC’s head of planning services, Victoria Perkin, said the new information included the company’s response to questions about the impact of
- Site lighting
- Operations on local heritage buildings
- Operations on ecology
It had also provided information about any potential legal agreement on community benefits and an alternative noise barrier.
“Third Energy to blame for delay”
A spokesperson from Frack Free Ryedale said:
“The reason for this further delay rests squarely on the shoulders of Third Energy. The company needed three attempts to just get the application ratified, and this third public consultation is unlikely to be the last, given that the NYCC say Third Energy still haven’t supplied all the necessary paperwork.”
“The public can draw their own conclusions about the company’s overall competence, but we believe that Third Energy are simply not fit to frack.”
Simon Bowens, regional campaigner for Friends of the Earth, said:
“It is essential that decisions on fracking should be made by county councillors provided with the full information and not imposed on communities by Government ministers.”
Link to planning application NY/2015/0233/ENV
Link to updated timeline of Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton planning application