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:
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.