The Conservative Manifesto contained some shocking news about fracking - and a tacit admission that after five years of relentless industry-backed pro-fracking propaganda, they have given up trying to persuade reluctant rural communities to accept this invasive and polluting industry, and have decided instead to just force it upon us instead.
The Conservative Manifesto contained a pledge that all drilling that did not constitute fracking - which means all exploratory drilling, and any 'frack' that uses under 1000 m3 of frack fluid - would not now need planning permission and instead would be classed as 'permitted development'. So much for Conservative promises that 'local people know best'.
The manifesto also stated that major planning decisions regarding fracking could now be made by a government minister, rather than the local County Council. This means that the local council planning committees will be bypassed for most, if not all, fracking decisions that affect the towns and villages of England - including those here in Ryedale.
This flagrant and unashamed attempt to force fracking on communities is an insult to local democracy and flies in the face of all the evidence that has emerged in the last few years of the clear and present danger that fracking poses to local communities, the climate, our environment and our health.
Meanwhile Thirsk and Malton Conservative candidate, Kevin Hollinrake, continues to ignore the mounting evidence of the harm that fracking causes, claiming in his fracking promotional videos and press releases that we will never notice this industry as it industrialises our countryside. Yet he continues to say he has 'an open mind' on the issue, despite the fact that he only ever tweets pro-fracking stories, and consistently refuses to re-tweet any stories sent to him that highlight the perils of fracking in the rest of the world - such as the numerous peer-reviewed articles showing the health impact of this industry. Is that the behaviour of someone who is open-minded? Or is Mr Hollinrake simply a mouthpiece for his chums in the fracking industry?
Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens have all stated that they would ban fracking if they were elected. (UKIP are still pro-fracking). FRACK FREE UNITED is a network of local residents' and campaign groups whose aim is to put fracking on the election agenda. To find out more about parties' policies and how you can best use your vote to oppose fracking, click on the photo at the top of the page.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support during this election campaign and for the last three years. Please keep spreading the word with friends, neighbours, colleagues and family, and together we WILL stop fracking.
A new report shows the Government’s use of a report to portray fracking as ‘a low-carbon bridge fuel’ is fatally flawed. More here.
The Conservative Manifesto says that fracking will be forced on communities, whether they like it or not. Read the Drill or Drop report.
A Talk Fracking report on the controversy surrounding the Church’s position on fracking – and where they are going wrong. More here.
Despite being massively in debt, the Oil and Gas Authority fail to investigate Third Energy. More on the Frack Free North Yorkshire website.
Here are five new anti-fracking badges to show your opposition – local groups can print their own! Click here.
Print out some of our new posters to help spread the word about the threat of fracking! Click here.
Barclays have announced that they are ditching Third Energy … read the press release here.
Read our fully referenced guide to the top ten fracking myths by clicking here.
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