Candlelit vigil in Kirby Misperton as village prepares for deliveries to Third Energy fracking site

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Vigil outside the Third Energy’s fracking site in Kirby Misperton, 13 September 2017. Photo: Eddie Thornton

More than 200 people opposed to fracking for shale gas in the North Yorkshire village of Kirby Misperton gathered for a candlelit vigil at the site entrance last night.

The village is preparing for the arrival of equipment and the noise barrier at KM8 site. The operator, Third Energy, said deliveries would begin from next week.

Bishop Graham Cray, who lives in Kirby Misperton, said:

“Along with fellow residents form the village, we were delighted to take part in last night’s vigil outside KM8. It gives strength to our resolve to resist the threat which fracking poses, not just to this community, but to Ryedale as a whole.”

Leigh, a fracking opponent from York, said:

“People came together to calmly reflect on our love for the land we strive to protect. An emotional moment, as this region is home to so many families and it has been years of hard work which have brought us to this point. We will continue to fight KM8 and all future fracking wells with dignity and determination.’’

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Vigil at Kirby Misperton, 13 September 2017. Photo: Kirby Misperton Protection Camp

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Vigil at Kirby Misperton, 13 September 2017. Photo: Kirby Misperton Protection Camp

Police remove blockade

Earlier yesterday, a small number of opponents of the operation sat in chairs in front of the entrance gate and were removed by around 20 police officers.

Suzanne Rayment, from Kirby Misperton, said:

“Everyone has a choice. You either decide to stand up against what is going to bring about the devastation of the countryside or you sit back and watch.

“I decided to stand with the protectors who are here to stop Third Energy from turning our rural village into a very bad place to live”.

Ian Conlan, from Malton, who also took part in the action outside the gates, said:

“We have tried every other method of objecting to Third Energy’s plans to frack at Kirby Misperton and the will of local people who object to fracking taking place in Ryedale has been ignored, so we have no alternative left now but to protest in this way.

“We will continue to oppose Third Energy in a peaceful manner and urge others to join us if they want to stop thousands of wells being drilled and fracked, leading to the industrialisation of our countryside. Opposition to fracking is strong and growing – we will continue to make our voices heard until the government listens to us and we see a ban on this incredibly damaging industry introduced.”

The community group, Frack Free Ryedale, has reported “already police have been out in force and traffic on nearby roads has been affected”.

Count down to fracking

On Wednesday, North Yorkshire County Council said all the conditions of the planning permission, granted in May 2016, had been met (DrillOrDrop report).

The conditions included a traffic management plan, which had to be approved by the county council.

In a statement, Third Energy said:

“We see this not as a victory but as a huge responsibility.  During the development of this plan Third Energy consulted with the police and local community, to ensure its operations are safe and have minimal impact upon the local area.

“The KMA wellsite has existed for over 20 years without traffic incident, and coexists alongside Flamingo Land.”

Fracking at the KM8 well cannot start until Third Energy has approval from the Environment Agency for its hydraulic fracturing plan and the final sign-off from the Business Secretary.

Fracking events in North Yorkshire

Friday 15 September 2017

BBC Radio York is expected to cover the fracking issue on its 9am-12 noon programme hosted by Jonathan Cowap, with an hour’s debate from 10am-11am. Listeners can call to ask questions or give their views on 01904 641 641, Tweet @joncowap and @bbcyork, or contact the programme through facebook http://www.facebook.com/bbcyork, email jonathan@bbc.co.uk or text 81333 (start your message with ‘YORK’).

Sunday 17 September 2017

Green and Black Cross is providing free training in being a legal observer at protests at Kirby Misperton Protection Camp, off Kirby Misperton Road from 12.30pm-6pm. Places should be booked by email

Thursday 21 September 2017

A 12-hour prayer vigil is planned in Kirby Misperton Church, from 7am-7pm.  People are invited to drop for a few minutes or for longer.

  • Full list of events for September about fracking, onshore oil and gas and campaign activity here

Updated 13.45 on 14/9/2017 to include additional pictures and quotes

43 replies »

  1. Martin Luther King and Gandhi both practised civil disobedience. No violence. The protests in Ryedale are polite and peaceful, and have now moved to civil disobedience at the fracking gate. I live 5 miles away:but I can SEE the area of the site from my window. By John Dewar’s own admission there could be up to 50 wells per pad at up to 19 locations in just one of several licences in Ryedale. Thats up to 950 wells. Coming to a back yard near you, its noisy, its thousands and thousands of lorry movements. People get sick. I knew many of the local people of Ryedale that overwhelmingly made up the numbers at the vigil. The threat from fracking is such is that locals and camp dwellers and visitors are now standing shoulder to shoulder with each other. The pro frackers from outside the area who invent their own fake facts about events they did not attend are most definitely not welcome here.

  2. You’re right Ian Conlan, people do get sick, and the pro frackers including some of those seen regularly on these threads are seasoned peddlers of fake facts. Take an earlier comment here for instance stating ‘Its a mundane and safe technology that has a huge research base and has been done millions of times before with no serious issues.'(KW) … that’s simply untrue except where it refers to ‘millions’ and ‘huge research base’. What the research point doesn’t mention is it has almost entirely been dedicated to the processes and technologies that make it a successful operation economically, into getting the highest possible recoverability of gas from shale, not into the environmental and health impacts for which the long range studies are still playing catch-up. Also, yes, it has been done millions of times before (with over a million such wells across the USA). But if you translate the same density of those (million-plus) wells into and English setting, or anywhere else, you get the density of drilling that you refer to. Funny how that same commentator keeps denying the ‘industrialisation of the landscape’ implication.

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