The government are planning to make non-hydraulic exploratory drilling for shale gas Permitted Development, which means fracking companies won’t need local planning permission to build a 1.5-hectare exploratory well site. They are also planning to make full scale industrial fracking a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, which means the decisions regarding whether or not fracking is allowed will be made by the Secretary of State and a Planning Inspector – not your local council planning authority.

This is nothing less than an assault on local democracy on an unprecedented scale and would result in local communities left without a voice about whether their countryside should be fracked. Frack Free Ryedale and North Yorkshire are supporting the nationwide campaign to fight these proposals - please click on the well-pad and the shed above to find out how you can help.

This desperate attempt to bypass local democracy shows that the Conservative government have realised that they are never going to get 'social licence' for this unwanted, unsafe and unnecessary industry. Rather than put their support behind renewables, they seem intent on forcing fracking on unwilling communities, and at the same time ignoring the huge weight of evidence of the harm this industry causes, and their own climate change commitments.

Please click on the banner at the top of the page to find out how you can fight these proposals, and share this page with friends and family.


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    PD & NSIP CAMPAIGN – write to your MP and councillor

    The government is planning to override local democracy in fracking planning decisions. See our guide to writing to your local representatives here.

    Ryedale Children’s drawing competition

    Click here for information on the Mother Anti-Frackers’ children’s drawing competition. Deadline for entries 13th September.

    Fracking, Permitted Development and NSIP – your questions answered

    Click here to find out why the government thinks that an exploratory fracking well pad is the same as a garden shed.

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    Industry set to challenge 500m setback distance from homes

    Even Kevin Hollinrake supported a 500m setback distance from people’s homes – but the industry still aren’t happy. Read more here.

    Sign the Frack Free Declaration today!

    Please download and sign the Frack Free Declaration and tell the Government to halt all fracking in the UK.

    Fracking at KM8 ‘delayed until Autumn’

    To find out why Third Energy never managed to frack at Kirby Misperton, check out this Yorkshire Post article.

    Coalition of NGOs, scientists and community groups write letter to PM

    Click here to read the letter written in solidarity with the National Trust, who are being taken to court by INEOS.

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