Frack Free Ryedale said about 250 people opposed to plans by Third Energy to frack a well in North Yorkshire gathered outside an information meeting organised by the company today.
Proposals for a test frack of the KM8 well got planning permission in 2016, despite more than 4,000 objections from across the country. The company still needs final approval from the government. The BBC was reporting tonight that Third Energy said it would “definitely” begin fracking before the end of the year.
The company said:
“The KM8 community drop-in session at Kirby Misperton Village Hall has been an opportunity for members of the public to have their questions answered and to learn how we will be protecting the environment and ensuring safe operations.”
Many people remain firmly opposed to Third Energy’s plans and some have said they will try to stop the fracking taking place.
Sue Gough (pictured above) from Little Barugh, who lives two miles from the site of the test-frack, joined the gathering outside the event. She said:
“How dare Third Energy force their way into our villages? They have no community support for fracking here, or anywhere else in Yorkshire.”
Steve Mason, who lives locally and owns a business, said:
“I am far from reassured about the whole process and the effect it will have on our local community. I feel we are being railroaded into accepting an industry that we don’t need in the UK.”
Jon Magers, who attended from Beverley in East Yorkshire, drew attention to the wording of an exhibition board which said: “The statement ‘All Wells Fail’ is totally untrue”. He responded:
“How do they know? Do they have clairvoyance into the future?”
Mr Mager also raised concerns about a panel which said: “Water will be treated and eventually processed for release to the water cycle”. He said:
“I wonder where: the Derwent catchment area? The North Sea? Re-injected into the aquifer?
Bishop Graham Cray and Rev Jackie Cray, who live in Kirby Misperton, said:
“As the clergy taking services at St Laurence Church, while we await the arrival of a new vicar, we are horrified to hear that Third Energy have avoided the need to establish a baseline survey of our listed and much loved church building, just to evade responsibility for any damage they might cause.”
Third Energy said this evening:
“We welcomed a number of community members who object to our plans to discuss their concerns with members of my team.
“Third Energy fully respects people’s right to lawful and peaceful protest, we trust that those who do object to our plans will also respect our rights, and the rights of Ryedale residents, to go about our business lawfully and peacefully as operations continue in the coming months.”
The company said any questions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.”