ENVIRONMENT AGENCY PERMITS
NOTE FOR ANYONE WHO HAS ENDED UP ON THIS PAGE AFTER CLICKING ON A FRACK OFF LINK.
Frack Off have jumped the gun on asking people to object to the Environment Agency permits – we have till 10th July to do so, and will be issuing guidelines on what exactly it is worth objecting to over the next two weeks. It is not worth just sending in an objection that says ‘I don’t like fracking’ as they carry no weight in the planning process. However, if you would like to object to this when we have got together our ‘objection package’, please sign up for our newsletter and alerts in the box on the right, and we’ll let you know when it’s time to do so.
We will post information on the EA permits as soon as we have analysed the application in detail – but not before.
WHAT ABOUT THE PLANNING APPLICATION?
On Friday 22nd May, Third Energy posted their planning application for a test frack at their test well at Kirby Misperton. You can read their press release here. You can also read reports on this in the Northern Echo and the Guardian. Local MP Kevin Hollinrake’s response is also in the Northern Echo.
However, on 10th June, Third Energy withdrew the objection as the NYCC would not validate it in its current form. The company have now said they will resubmit this in the coming weeks. Find out more in the Gazette & Herald.
HOW SHOULD I OBJECT?
When the objection finally arrives, we should have 12 weeks to make comments and objections, so we’re not rushing into things, and we would advise our members and other supporters to wait a little while before objecting. We will be going through the application very carefully and then posting guidance about what people can object to. It is much more effective to make ‘material objections’ than just to say you are against fracking.
Watch this space, we’ll have more for you in the next few weeks as the situation develops. In the meantime, please keep spreading the word, writing to the papers, informing your neighbours, and keeping up the pressure.