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RYEDALE DISTRICT COUNCIL TO HAVE EGM ON FRACKING, 2 COUNCILLORS RESIGN FROM THEIR PARTIES.

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ryedale_logo_large[1]Ryedale District Council will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting at the Milton Rooms, Market Place, Malton, North Yorkshire at 18.30 on Tuesday 17th February 2015

The Council have called an EGM in response to the growing concern in Ryedale over the wish of Third Energy to exploit shale gas by hydraulic fracturing. This follows closely on from the public debate ‘Unpacking fracking’ held at the same venue on 4th February 2015.

The motion is proposed by Councillor Clark and seconded by Councillor Woodward and states

‘In view of the following facts:-

  • The statutory authorities have neither the people, expertise or the independently verified data to safely control fracking
  • As a result, risk and prevention of dangers will depend on industry self regulation
  • The worldwide evidence to date is that fracking is an unacceptably high risk strategy
  • Ryedale District Council can only condone or oppose fracking

It follows that:-

  1. Ryedale District Council completely opposes all fracking in Ryedale
  2. Ryedale District Council calls upon all Thirsk, Malton and Filey parliamentary candidates for the forthcoming general election to state clearly if they oppose or support fracking’

The council are being advised by their solicitor and monitoring officer Anthony Winship that the proposed motion is in his opinion flawed and unlawful with potential financial implications for the council.

In recent days on the run up to the meeting 2 councillors have resigned from their parties as reported in the Gazette and Herald.

‘District and county councillor Lindsay Burr has resigned from the Liberal Democrat Party. Coun Burr, who has been a member of the Lib Dems for more than 20 years, tendered her resignation on Monday 9th February 2015. She said: “I feel the party has somewhat lost its true direction and my values are no longer aligned to the party. I am particularly against fracking and in the light that Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, is supporting fracking, my position has become untenable, as a matter of principle.

Councillor Shane Collinson, who represents Ryedale South West on the district council is also understood to have resigned from the Conservative group. He was unavailable for comment.’

David Davis the petition organiser for Frack Free Ryedale said ‘I call on all the Ryedale Councillors to vote with their conscience. If fracking proceeds in Ryedale it will make life intolerable for many with the industrialisation of the countryside. People will have to live every day and night with excessive amounts of traffic, noise, light and emissions. If Third Energy are granted planning permission Kirby Misperton will be just the first site of several super sized wellsites which will come to occupy the landscape of Ryedale. It will change the way of life forever in this largely rural community leaving a long lasting legacy of health and environmental problems.’

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