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.



  1. Mr. E.Raine
    February 2, 2015 at 09:56

    Anne McIntosh, the de-selected Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton, who chairs a committee of MPs on environment, food and rural affairs, has stated publicly that she opposes shale gas exploration, and put forward amendments in the recent Parliamentary debate, including one to retain the right of people to block fracking under their homes.She is reported as saying: “I don’t think fracking is appropriate. The carbon emissions from fossil fuels cannot be a good thing.” She has expressed the opinion that shale gas exploration contradicts the Conservative Party’s acknowledgment of climate change, and she is also concerned about possible contamination of groundwater by leaked fracking fluid, and earthquakes. Has anyone considered asking her to stand as the constituency’s Anti-Fracking Candidate?