Our sister organisation Frack Free East Yorkshire has asked our members to object to a planning application to stop Rathlin Energy getting a 2-year extension at its oil exploration site at Crawberry Hill, near Beverly. Rathlin want to complete a ‘mini-frack’, which if successful could lead to full-on fracking.
The Energy company Rathlin was granted Planning Permission for exploratory work at Crawberry Hill for 2 years, rather than the usual 3 years, due to the ‘high landscape value and visual amenities of the area’.
They have failed to complete their three tests, but the deadline for finishing the work and restoring the site runs out on 5th November 2014. They have therefore applied for another 2 years’ extension. If we can prevent this from happening, we can help stop the industry in its tracks.
SO WHAT CAN I DO?
Please email the planning officer, Peter Ashcroft, at: beverley.dc@
Please make some or all of the following points in the objection (in your own words and in a different order if possible)
You can find further information about incidents and breaches of planning permission here.
You can also add that developing shale gas is incompatible with the government’s legal obligation to ensure that the net UK carbon account for the year 2050 is at least 80% lower than the 1990 baseline. According to the National Planning Policy Framework 2012, the planning system “has a key role to play in helping shape places to secure radical reductions in greenhouse gas emissions“.
If you want to get into this further and read more about the background, please check out Frack Free East Yorkshire’s briefing before you start.
You can also find out more information and background on the situation and community blockade at Crawberry Hill.
Thanks for helping to stop fracking!