The North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) Planning Officer wrote to Third Energy on 11th October asking for further information on a wide range of issues, including traffic, ecology, water, timings, noise and air quality. This was responded to by Third Energy, and their responses have been put out for a 21-day public consultation, which is what this webpage is all about.
What did the NYCC ask for, and what was Third Energy’s response?
You can read a summary of the issues raised in the NYCC letter, and Third Energy’s responses on this page: KM8- NYCC’s further information request. You can also download the original letter from the Council and Third Energy’s response if you fancy a good bedtime read.
Were the NYCC impressed with Third Energy’s responses to their queries?
It doesn’t appear so. In fact, they wrote Third Energy another letter on 17th November, saying that they still have a large number of areas that they require further information on. They also stated that they do not expect any decision to be made now until February 2016 at the earliest.
You can read a summary of what the NYCC letter contained on Drill or Drop, or you can also download a copy of the letter by clicking on the link below:
NOISE: Third Energy are now proposing an alternative noise attenuation barrier called an Echo Barrier, but just submitted the manufacturer’s leaflet without any analysis of how this might work in the location of KM8. We still don’t know what system they want to use.
LIGHTING: A lack of information in the lighting impact assessment was noted.
TRAFFIC: It appears Third Energy did a traffic survey on March 10th 2015 – before the nearby Flamingo Land opens and avoiding school holiday times. Their idea was that they would do the frack in March 2016, but the NYCC pointed out that the traffic survey needs to relevant for other times of the year too as they can’t guaranteed when the work will take pace. There were other deficiencies in the Traffic Survey, including no information on mitigation for other road users, issues about ‘operational times’, a lack of alternative routes – the list goes on. So it looks like Third Energy will have to re-do the traffic survey from scratch.
BRIDGE: The bridge over Costa Beck is a Grade II listed structure, but there has been no assessment of how the HGV traffic – or the fracking itself – might impact on this bridge (and also other old buildings nearby – called in planning-speak ‘non-designated heritage assets’). Third Energy have now agreed to do surveys on both, it seems.
PROPOSED HOURS FOR FRACKING: The NYCC said that just saying they will do this in ‘daylight hours’ is imprecise and they need to be more specific.
WATER: There is confusion about how the pipeline is to be used and whether they would need to ‘purge’ or ‘flush through’ the pipeline at certain times.
LANDSCAPE: The application seems to say all the shipping containers would be painted green, but now Third Energy say they are all going to be different colours. But they say earlier that they might be using a different noise attenuation barrier instead of the containers anyway. All very confusing …
WILDLIFE: There are lots of issues here, specifically that the assessment of protected species (owls, bats, otters, great crested newts) is insufficient. If you want to find out more, please see the letter that the Friends of the Earth lawyer sent to the NYCC on behalf of FFR, which you can read by clicking on the link below:
LEGAL AGREEMENT: This relates to the payment (some might call it a bribe) of £100,000 to local villages in exchange for allowing fracking on their doorstep. We’ve never really understood how this would work, and nor it seems do Third Energy.
Sounds like Third Energy are being a bit evasive when answering the Council’s queries.
You might say that, we couldn’t possibly comment.
So how can I object to the current consultation material?
Emails should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put the application number in the subject line: NY/2015/0233/ENV
You can write your objection in the body of the email, or attach it as a Word Document.
You can also object by post. Please send your letter to: Vicky Perkin, Planning Services, County Hall, Racecourse Lane, Northallerton, DL7 8AH.
Please put the application number in body of the letter: NY/2015/0233/ENV
IMPORTANT – You must include your full name and postal address.
Objections without a postal address will not be considered.
Please ask for your comments to be included on the County Council Planning Register at the beginning or end of your objection.
What’s the deadline for this objection?
The deadline has passed, but the Planning Committee is still obliged to acknowledge and take into account all objections and comments up until at least a week before the decision. Now that this has been postponed till at least February, you can still respond to this consultation.
Yes, you can. Please mention that you have already objected and say that this is an objection to the additional information provided by Third Energy.
If you haven’t already objected, you might want to look at our KM8 objection page first for some guidelines and additional background – or just keep reading this page and go with what’s here.
What are the key points to include in this new objection?
As with any objection, you can begin by saying who you are and your connection to the application. (For more information, go to the original KM8 objection page and scroll down to the ‘What can I say at the beginning of my objection?’ section.)
Then you can make some or all of the following points. As always, please put them in your own words and personalise your objection wherever possible. You don’t have to include all the sections, and you can just pick the ones you are particularly interested in if you’re short of time (or just a bit lazy). If you live near the well-site, please personalise this as much as possible to show how these problems might affect your daily life.
Wildlife and Species Protection
River Derwent SAC (Special Area of Conservation)
Landscape, listed buildings and footpaths
Water and air monitoring
Summary of material required to be produced by Third Energy
Before this application can be considered, the applicant must complete the following surveys and monitoring regimes:
Until these surveys and assessments have been conducted and assessed, the NYCC has no choice but to refuse or defer the application.
And finally …
Please feel free to add any further comments or objections relating to fracking, e.g. health issues, the industrialisation of the countryside, the effect on tourism and agriculture, the fact this application does not create a single new job, the strong opposition to fracking within North Yorkshire … the list goes on.
You can take a look at our original KM8 objection page for more ideas, or go to our Frack Free Ryedale objection page to see what the independent consultants we hired said about the application.
Oh, and when you’re done, don’t forget to send in your objection!