As Ineos prepares to launch its sponsorship of Britain’s leading cycling team at next week’s Tour de Yorkshire, an opponent of the company’s fracking plans reports on his own ride through the region’s shale gas licences.
The government has confirmed that no guarantor is required to underwrite Third Energy’s commitments to frack one well a year in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, until 2022.
The government is to pay almost all the extra costs of policing protests outside Third Energy’s fracking site at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire.
Third Energy has committed to drill three wells and frack four in the Ryedale area of North Yorkshire in the next four years.
Several shale gas wells in production would be seen as success by the government, according to recently released notes of a round-table meeting between the energy minister and the industry.
A Ryedale grandmother, who chained herself to the entrance of Third Energy’s fracking site with a Reclaim Democracy banner, said she did it to “prevent serious harm”.
Opponents of fracking at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire say they are to begin packing up a camp outside the village.