Regulation

Council agrees conditions on Third Energy’s North Yorkshire fracking permission

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Opponents at the gate of Third Energy’s fracking site in Kirby Misperton,  17 April 2017. Photo: Eddie Thornton

The first high volume frack in the UK since 2011 cleared another hurdle this morning.

North Yorkshire County Council confirmed that it agreed planning conditions with Third Energy to enable the company to begin operations to frack for shale gas at Kirby Misperton.

The conditions cover:

  • Traffic management
  • Prevention of mud on roads
  • Financial commitment for restoration and aftercare of Kirby Misperton site

The county council granted permission subject to conditions in May 2016 for hydraulic fracturing at the KM8 site.

In a statement this morning, the council said:

“This was a single decision on a single site in North Yorkshire which already has existing conventional drilling for gas on it. The decision does not have a bearing on future applications.

“However, local councils must work within the national policy that indigenous oil and gas are key to energy security, while facilitating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. They must also consider the need for economic growth to provide jobs and sustainable communities.”

The council said its planning committee was satisfied that its conditions would safeguard the natural environment, wildlife, amenity of local residents, traffic management and ground and surface water quality.

The statement said:

“These conditions have now been agreed and will be carefully monitored throughout the operation.  Third Energy is today delivering to the county council the formal seven day notification of commencement of development.”

The council’s chief executive, Richard Flinton, said:

“The County Council is very aware that this is a controversial project of major sensitivity and complexity and that there is widespread concern about the impact it may have upon North Yorkshire’s beautiful environment and upon climate change.

“We gave planning consent on a single site which already had drilling for gas on it and this was subject to rigorous planning conditions which we have now agreed.  Our role now is to ensure that the planning conditions are fully discharged and monitored. ”

Third Energy gave notice last week that work could begin from Wednesday (13 September 2017)

13 replies »

  1. “Our role now is to ensure that the planning conditions are fully discharged and monitored”

    So who’s going to do that then? The EA, who have a vested interest in Third Energy via their pension funds invested in Barclays Bank? Well I feel really reassured now – not!

    • Ry
      Good news

      None of the three conditions noted above are within the remit of the EA.

      1. Traffic management is the police and the council.
      2. Wheel washing is with the council.
      3. The financial commitment is also a council issue.

      Maybe you have some insights into the financial arrangements of the council and local police force. Do any of them bank at Barclays? We should be told.

  2. 2-0!
    Anti Vanilla are taking a hell of a licking. The final score today could be embarrassing and crowd disturbance could become an issue. Good job the officials, police and judiciary are on standby.

    • Ha! Ha! Always a pleasure to see how the biggest rigged game in the history of biggest rigged games brings out the hooligans onto the pitch, or is it several pitches Nick?

      Remember guys, It ain’t over ’till the frack lady swings! And you lot are out!
      This reminds me of……..

      BIn-Da-Loo!
      By Big Fat Lies

      Where on earth are you from?
      We’re from England
      Where you come from
      Do you police the kettle on?

      Frack it!

      Ha Ha Ha!
      Ha Ha Ha!
      Ha Ha Ha!
      Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah!
      Ha Ha Ha!

      Frack Bore!

      Ha Ha Ha!

      Mine sewer

      Ha Ha Ha!
      Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah!
      Ha Ha Ha!
      Ha Ha Ha!
      Ha Ha Ha!
      Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah!

      We’re England

      We’ll ensure its Bin Da Loo for You!

      England!

      Can I introduce you please
      To the Dump for Yorkshire Fleas
      Kick one, Hurl one
      Drill one, Bury one

      Frack it!

      Ha Ha Ha!
      Ha Ha Ha!
      Ha Ha Ha!
      Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah!
      Ha Ha Ha!
      Ha Ha Ha!
      Ha Ha Ha!
      Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah!
      Ha Ha Ha!
      Ha Ha Ha!
      Ha Ha Ha!
      Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah!

      We’re England

      We’ll ensure its Bin Da Loo for You!

      England!

      Me and me Mum and me Dad and me Gran
      We’re off to Screw The Crew
      Me and me Mum and me Dad and me Gran
      And a bucket to BIn-Da-Loo for You!

      Bucket!…

    • A planning system that has been altered and amended to stack things in favour of the industry and deny local councils and communities the democratic rights they enjoy in other planning decisions. Hardly comes down to professionalism more removal of local powers and democracy.

  3. Traffic – So slow moving tractors and Chelsea tractors bombing down roads are controlled too?
    Mud – Will farmers clean up after themselves too?
    Aftercare – Antis will be up in arms about this as it will hide the site from the public and they won’t have any argument about it despoiling the countryside FOR EVER!

    • Traffic.. 600lorry movements through the village, should we have no plan? Good point though, tractors and 4x4s are an unknown delay factor to add to this HGV traffic.
      Mud on roads, yes farmers should too, though their mud won’t have the same substrata residues in it..
      The legacy issue is due to the transference of legal ownership from company back to government at the expiry of the PEDL. But you knew that, and about legacy costs….

  4. Our role now is to ensure that the planning conditions are fully discharged and monitored. ”
    Yes!!
    Gather the data for the unbelievers..
    Concerned local residents
    If nothing else.. Hold your council to task.
    And ofc support the antifracking majority.

    • It must be kept in mind that this is only one highly monitored test frack. The pad was built, the well drilled circa three years ago. Full scale fracking would be a completely different ball game.

  5. KatT-quite agree, very similar to PNR, except they had to construct a pad. So, only two highly monitored test fraccs. Can’t see what all the fuss is about.

  6. Re NYCC quote “However, local councils must work within the national policy that indigenous oil and gas are key to energy security, while facilitating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. They must also consider the need for economic growth to provide jobs and sustainable communities.”
    Senior management at these councils tend to be extremely careful about their quotes, so this one interests me greatly by 1. Pointing out that it’s national policy that informs the O&G industry being key to energy security. Most strange therefore that nuclear energy policy is now all but devoid of energy security after handing over control to France and more importantly China, contrary to the opinion of our security services. Extreme double standards and hypocrisy? 2. ‘facilitating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions’. By trying to exploit a brand new source of hydrocarbons, contrary to the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change? This is particularly ironic following record breaking hurricanes and weather events devastating Texas, Caribbean, Florida and SE Asia. 3. ‘Economic growth’ to provide jobs, when little if anything seems to have been done to assess the risk to existing rural employment in the agriculture and tourism industries. Time alone will tell here. Finally 4. How many times must the word ‘sustainable’ be used, with no apparent idea of its definition. To me, sustainable means you can keep doing it for at least the foreseeable future. The rate of man made climate change means we simply cannot keep burning fossil fuels, never mind new sources. Or is the foreseeable future really that short now for the human species? Could well be.
    Richard Flinton, said: “Our role now is to ensure that the planning conditions are fully discharged and monitored. ” Assuming he chose his words very carefully, why don’t I see enforced in there?
    Finally, another consistently inflammatory comment from GBK ‘Just a couple of more boxes to tick’. Doesn’t that just about sum up the govt and official process?

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