Opponents of fracking have established a camp near Third Energy’s fracking site at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire.
The action follows the rejection by the High Court yesterday of a legal challenge to the granting of planning permission for fracking in the village by North Yorkshire County Council. DrillOrDrop report
Ian Crane, one of the camp’s residents, told BBC Radio York opponents were using land owned by Flamingo Land, the theme park which had previously objected to Third Energy’s plans.
Mr Crane, the presenter of the online show Fracking Nightmare and a former oil executive, said the camp did not have the “express permission” of Flamingo Land. He said:
“We are here to support the local community and raise awareness of what this industry will lead to if it is able to get a foothold.”
He said there were about a dozen people at the camp this morning and the numbers were expected to increase “fairly significantly” over the next few days. So far, residents have come from places as far apart as Surrey, Cheshire and Lincolnshire.
In a Facebook post, Mr Crane said:
“The Kirby Misperton Protection Camp looks forward to working with the local Community in their quest to protect North Yorkshire from the abomination of Unconventional Gas exploitation.”
Another resident, Steven Peers, from Cheshire, was asked by BBC News how long he would stay:
“As long as there’s a threat of fracking to Kirby Misperton, this tiny little village, we’ll be here. We envisage a few months until the licence expires and then we’ll pack up and go.”
This afternoon, Sue Gough, a member of the local campaign group, Frack Free Kirby Misperton, said:
“The camp is up and running but there is still lots to do.
“One of the most important things at the moment is to have as many local people as possible on site throughout each day and we would urge as many of you to come down and say hello.
“The occasional home cooked meal is always gratefully received as well. These wonderful protectors are here to stop fracking taking place and have lots of advice about how we can do it.
“So let’s show Third Energy that they have not won, we said no and we mean it.”
Third Energy’s chief executive, Rasik Valand, said after yesterday judgement that the company had an obligation to prove that it could carry out fracking in a safe, discreet and environmentally sensitive way.
“We are confident that we will prove to the local community that their elected representatives were right to grant this permission.”
It’s not known when Third Energy will start work at Kirby Misperton. The company is continuing to negotiate with North Yorkshire County Council over conditions of the planning permission that must be met before fracking can begin.
A council spokesperson said agreements associated with seven conditions have been approved. Agreements on another two were currently being consulted on and another seven conditions remained outstanding. Decisions are made by council officers under delegated powers.
- Also last night, anti-fracking campaigners held a demonstration outside the offices of Ryedale District Council in Malton, where the planning committee was meeting to discuss a new minerals plan for the area.
Updated 22/12/16 with latest information on conditions