As Third Energy prepares for the UK’s first high volume hydraulic fracture for six years, nearly 200 organisations have called for an immediate stop on all fracking activities.
The appeal was released on the same day that Friends of the Earth hand-delivered a letter to residents in Kirby Misperton, the North Yorkshire village near Third Energy’s gas site.
The company wrote its own letter to villagers last week saying it was ready to frack (DrillOrDrop report). It is waiting for the Business Secretary Greg Clark to grant final fracturing consent before the work can begin.
In its letter, Friends of the Earth urged villagers to join what it said were thousands of people who had already written to Mr Clark asking him to refuse consent.
Friends of the Earth’s Yorkshire Campaigner, Simon Bowens, said:
“After Third Energy’s attempts last week to persuade local residents into thinking that all was well with their dirty fracking, it is important that the truth is told and that the people of this beautiful corner of Yorkshire know that their voices can still be heard in Whitehall.
“We stand alongside them in calling on Greg Clark to refuse fracking consent at Kirby Misperton.”
Call for ban at climate talks
At international climate talks in Bonn, 182 organisations signed a letter to the UK Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, urging him to ban fracking. PDF of Open letter to Michael Gove
Thirty UK groups were among the signatories who described hydraulic fracturing as the “environmental issue of our time”.
The letter said:
“It [hydraulic fracturing] touches every aspect of our lives – the water we drink, the air we breathe and the health of our communities – as it ominously threatens our global climate.”
The letter called for a ban on trade in fracked fossil energy sources and on the underground disposal of flowback, fluids and waste water from the extraction of hydrocarbons.
“On a global scale, fugitive methane emissions from gas pose a very significant but mainly ignored problem.”
The use of fracking at current or increased rates would mean the world would not achieve the Paris agreement of holding global temperature rise to 2 degrees C, the letter said.