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)