Anti-fracking campaigners from rural Ryedale were outraged after a high court ruling gave the green light to hydraulic fracturing in the village of Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire.
Residents from Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire joined forces with Friends of the Earth to challenge a planning decision to allow hydraulic fracturing near their homes.
The Judicial Review, brought by Ryedale residents Jackie Cray, David Davis and Friends of the Earth was heard on 22nd and 23rd November at the Royal Court of Justice in London. The verdict was handed down on 21st December. To read more about this judgement, please click on the photo above.
David Davis said after the verdict: “Our greatest disappointment is with the government, our own MP, and an industry who are conspiring to force fracking on unwilling communities with the threat of overruling any councils who refuse planning permission. Our own County Council failed to respect residents wishes and those of the District Council, five town councils and 14 parish councils in Ryedale who objected."
Jackie Cray, who also took part in the legal action and lives just half a mile from the Third Energy site,said: "We will not be defeated, because we hold firm in the belief, supported by a huge amount of evidence, that fracking is wrong, and will continue to campaign against this ‘stop-gap’ industry that the Government is trying to force on communities across the country. We thank everybody who has pledged their support for our community and for Frack Free Ryedale’s ongoing campaign".
Despite this disappointing result, everyone in Frack Free Ryedale would like to thank David, Jackie and Friends of the Earth for taking the decision to Judicial Review. The fight will go on until we have stopped fracking in Ryedale.
Across Yorkshire and the rest of the country, more and more people are becoming aware of the threat fracking poses to the environment, our climate, our rural economy, our water supply and our health. We will continue to fight until this unwanted, unnecessary and unsafe industry is driven from our countryside forever.
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Third Energy are trying to change their EA permits to allow flaring at their Kirby Misperton well-site. To object, click here.
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To read our latest press release on this week’s court date, please click here.
Watch a video of FFR members Jackie and David discussing the reasons for the Judicial Review by clicking here.
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