RDC Fracking Debate on February 4th

i Jan 20th 1 Comment by

ryedale_logo_large[1]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:

  • John Dewar, from Third Energy
  • Chris Redston, from Frack Free Ryedale
  • Mike Hill, Chartered Engineer
  • Professor Richard Davies, Durham University

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.


Halliburton to frack at Kirby Misperton?

i Jan 13th No Comments by
Protestors outside Third Energy's offices in Knapton

Protestors outside Third Energy’s offices in Knapton

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.

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.

Dead fish in a creek due to leak of fracking fluid at Halliburton's site in Monroe County in Monroe County, Ohio.

Dead fish in a creek due to leak of fracking fluid at Halliburton’s site in Monroe County
in Monroe County, Ohio.

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.



Anne McIntosh demands redacted fracking report

i Dec 17th No Comments by

220px-Anne_McIntosh[1]MP Anne McIntosh told the Prime Minister the public must be given all the facts if they are to be asked to back fracking.

Mr Cameron was being grilled by MPs on the liaison committee when he was asked by the Thirsk MP to explain why the public were being kept in the dark on issues surrounding social and housing safety as detailed in the controversial Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts report.

In a confrontational exchange Ms McIntosh said that the PM’s support for fracking was unlikely to impact on his constituents, pointing out that fracking would “not be coming to Witney anytime soon,” though the PM insisted he would welcome it if it did.

Ms McIntosh told the PM: “You are asking the public to take a lot on trust, so why is the shale gas economic report so heavily redacted? Will you ensure an unredacted copy, particular on social impact, housing impact and safety in relation in flares is published unredacted?”

Show us the report, Mr Cameron. In the meantime, read the full article in the Yorkshire Post.

Ryedale fracking concerns on Look North

i Dec 16th No Comments by

BBC_Look_North_(Yorkshire_and_North_Midlands)[1]The recent debate at Kirkbymoorside and concerns of local residents was the focus of a recent segment on Look North. In the broadcast the focus was on an anti-fracking talk at the Methodist Church in Kirkbymoorside, and also the recent announcement of Third Energy to frack at Kirby Misperton.

You can see the full broadcast on Look North Yorkshire.

Government report says fracking risk compared to thalidomide and asbestos

i Nov 28th No Comments by

images[10][1]Fracking carries potential risks on a par with those from thalidomide, tobacco and asbestos, warns a report produced by the government’s chief scientific adviser, Mark Walport.

The report argues that the UK and the world could tackle climate change with energy efficiency and renewable energy alone but vested interests in the fossil fuel industry stand in the way.

There is a “clear feasibility of strategies built entirely around energy efficiency and renewable energy”, the report, published earlier this month, says. “Yet one of the main obstacles to this lies in high-profile self-fulfilling assertions to the contrary, including by authoritative policy figures.”

“In energy… the obstacles to less-favoured strategies [such as energy efficiency and renewables] are typically more commercial, institutional and cultural than they are technical. Among the most potent of these political obstructions are claims from partisan interests — such as incumbent nuclear or fossil fuel industries — that there is no alternative to their favoured innovations and policies.”

You can read more about this in The Guardian, where you can also download the full report.

NFU Respond to underground access consultation

i Nov 28th No Comments by

web-fracking[1]The National Farmers Union have responded to the Government’s recent consultation on allowing fracking companies to drill on their land. They have been very concerned about the lack of compensation agreements, and appear to be unimpressed with the latest consultation.

Their response states: “The NFU does not believe that companies should gain access to underground land more easily if this is to the detriment of landowners.  We also think that operating companies will need to consider compensation to landowners if fracking does have an impact on the open market value of their land.

They also do not agree with proposals to pay compensation only to a “relevant community body”.

You can read a summary and download a pdf of their full response on NFU online.

Third Energy to apply for permission to frack at Kirby Misperton

i Nov 25th 1 Comment by

KMgreenglowThird Energy have announced that they will be applying for permission to frack at their KM8 well-site at Kirby Misperton.

According to Third Energy, the first consultation will identify areas of potential environmental impact for the Environmental Risk Assessment for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). This will be followed by wider public consultation on the project, prior to submitting the planning application.

Frack Free Ryedale issued the following press statement in response to the news:

We are shocked to hear that Thrid Energy are applying for permission to frack at Kirkby Misperton, and of course our organisation will do everything we possibly can to prevent this from happening. No amount of bribes to the local council could even begin to compensate for the damage fracking will do to Ryedale and its reputation as a top tourist destination and food producing area.

If Third Energy are really interested in being a ‘good neighbour’, they would withdraw their intention to apply for a fracking licence immediately, so that the people of Ryedale are not subjected to the highly damaging and unavoidable consequences of fracking, such as noise, light and air pollution, a huge increase in HGV traffic, and possible contamination of land and our local water supplies. We urge the whole of Ryedale to come together to fight any application to frack our community.

Local MP Anne McIntosh added: “People really will not look kindly on companies coming into Ryedale with their shaft sinkers and traffic movements to hydraulically frack at depth; potentially impacting upon tourism, leaving a legacy of spoilt landscape and ruining the countryside forever.

You can read more about this story and reaction in the Gazette & Herald, The Yorkshire Post and on the BBC Website.

Ten ways that fracking might harm your health

i Nov 25th No Comments by


Lancashire County Council has recently considered the health impact of two proposed fracking sites. Gina Dowding, Lancashire’s Green Party councillor and a former NHS health promotion officer, outlines her personal view of the key health risks.

You can read her conclusions on EHN Online.

Taxpayer to fund monitoring boreholes

i Nov 23rd No Comments by

Anti-fracking protest in BlackpoolHundreds of government-funded boreholes are set to be drilled across Britain to try to persuade the public that a looming shale gas boom can be developed safely. Sensors in the boreholes would detect possible water pollution or earthquakes caused by fracking and the information would be made public.

Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton, said: “The government is increasingly indistinguishable from the fracking industry it’s supposed to regulate. No amount of monitoring can make fracking safe. The only safe and responsible thing to do with shale gas is leave it in the ground.” She said ministers should pursue energy efficiency and community-owned renewable energy instead.”

Tony Bosworth, energy campaigner for Friends of the Earth, said: “The government is behaving like a love-struck teenager, showering the shale gas industry with gifts. [It is] not content with changing trespass laws and handing out tax breaks – taxpayers may now have to fork out for the industry’s research. The public are unlikely to be convinced by our ‘all out for shale’ government assuring them fracking is safe, even with additional monitoring.”

Read the full article in The Observer.

The birthplace of fracking votes to ban it!!

i Nov 9th No Comments by

Gas Town RevoltThe Texas town where America’s oil and natural gas boom began has voted to ban fracking, in a stunning rebuke to the industry.

Denton, a college town on the edge of the Barnett Shale, voted by 59% to ban fracking inside the city limits, a first for any locality in Texas. Organisers said they hoped it would give a boost to anti-fracking activists in other states.

“It should send a signal to industry that if the people in Texas – where fracking was invented – can’t live with it, nobody can,” said Sharon Wilson, the Texas organiser for EarthWorks, who lives in Denton.

An energy group on Wednesday asked for an immediate injunction to keep the ban from being enforced. Tom Phillips, an attorney for the Texas Oil and Gas association, told the Associated Press the courts must “give a prompt and authoritative answer” on whether the ban violates the Texas state constitution. The Mayor Denton vowed to protect the fracking ban.

Read the full article in the Guardian.