The long-awaited debate on fracking has now been announced, and will take place on Wednesday February 4th at the Milton Rooms, Malton, at 6.30 p.m. The meeting, facilitated by Ryedale District Council, follows a unanimous decision by councillors to hold an impartial public meeting on fracking to raise public awareness on the issue.
Panellists at the debate will be:
Admission to the meeting will be by ticket only – due to restrictions on numbers allowed in the Milton Rooms for health and safety reasons – and numbers are limited to 250.
For further information, to book a place and submit questions please use the online booking form, ring 01653 600666, or write to Public Meeting, Ryedale District Council, Ryedale House, Malton YO17 7HH.
Closing date for applications and questions is noon Wednesday 28 January 2015. Tickets will be allocated on the basis of one ticket per application form, so if there’s more than one person who wants tickets, you will need to apply separately. Depending on numbers received may be allocated on an ad hoc basis.
You can also ask a question on the online form, which will be passed on to the panel and either answered on the day or after the event.
PLEASE HURRY AS TICKETS ARE LIMITED!!
The Guardian reports that Halliburton may be the drilling contractor for Third Energy’s proposed frack at Kirby Misperton, in Ryedale. Frack Free Ryedale and other anti-fracking groups are extremely disturbed that Halliburton would be involved in any possible fracking operation at Kirby Misperton, given their very dubious safety record and reputation. Read the full article in the Guardian Environment.
Meanwhile, protestors from Frack Free Ryedale assembled outside the gates of Third Energy on Tuesday to protest against Halliburton’s involvement.
BP DEEPWATER HORIZON
Halliburton were fined $1.1 billion for their part in the BP Deepwater Horizon connection. Halliburton were responsible for the concrete that caused the leak, and were implicit in the cover-up that followed, in which a director of the company was charged with destroying evidence.
From Wikipedia: “On September 8, 2010, an internal report released by BP into the Deepwater Horizon explosion claimed that poor practices of Halliburton staff had contributed to the disaster. Investigations carried out by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling found that Halliburton was jointly at fault along with BP and Transocean for the spill. The concrete that Halliburton used was an unstable mixture, and eventually caused hydrocarbons to leak into the well, eventually causing the explosion that started the crisis.”
For a full report on the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, click here.
OHIO FRACKING SPILL
Halliburton were also responsible for another environmental disaster, in which thousands of gallons of toxic frack fluid leaked in Monroe County, Ohio, in June of last year, in which a river providing drinking water was polluted and over 70,000 fish died. Read more on this on Mother Jones.
As Halliburton would not only be providing frack fluid to Third Energy but also doing the frack, this recent experience of both the environmental disaster and their reluctance to reveal which chemicals ended up in the
water is a very worrying precedent.
Ryedale Resident Robert has been in correspondence with an old friend called David, who lives in Pennsylvania, to ask him about his experiences of having fracking on his doorstep. The email correspondence, which we have had permission to include on our website, makes very interesting reading and gives a powerful account of what it’s like living in the middle of the gaslands.
Here are a few of David’s comments about fracking near his home in Pennsylvania:
Basically our township is being transformed from a rural residential area into a more heavy industrialized zone in some respects.
When a new well pad was beginning to be developed only ½ mile from the local high school and middle school challenges were made. This is ongoing.
The major impact so far has been the tremendous increase in tanker truck and heavy equipment traffic on our local roadways. Trucks hauling water in for fracking is a continual operation day and night for months.
I also failed to mention the noise, 24 hours a day for 6 months that we had to deal with while the one closest well was being drilled.
You can read the full correspondence by clicking here: Robert and David in conversation.
Also please read this article in West Coast Conservative News about the water contamination in Pennsylvania, where water was found to have been contaminated 243 times.