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North Yorkshire's First Fracking Application Planned for Kirby Misperton

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9:39am 25th November 2014
(Updated 3:48pm 25th November 2014)

North Yorkshire's first possible fracking site has been announced, with a planning application for the site at Kirby Misperton expected in the New Year.

Third Energy has been producing gas in Kirby Misperton since the 1980s. Last year, the energy firm drilled a new well which it believes would be suitable for fracking.

Fracking involves blasting water into the ground to force gas to the surface, which is difficult to get out of the ground by normal methods.

Critics raise concerns about air pollution, the visual impact on the countryside and the risk of the water used to get the gas contaminating the water supply.

Chris Redston from Frack Free Ryedale describes the risks which could be faced.

However, supporters say it means Britain can supply it's own gas to replace falling supplies from the North Sea, which could mean lower energy bills. Third Energy will pay £100,000 to people in the Kirby Misperton area and also pay one percent of the money it makes, which Third Energy estimates could be worth about £70 million.

John Dewar from Third Energy says there will be a "minimal impact" on local people.

Planners at North Yorkshire County Council are likely to receive the application in the New Year.

Linda Cowling, Leader of Ryedale District Council said

"I will be very interested to hear what the recommendation from North Yorkshire County Council is and on what information/ facts it is based, "

"We may at last get some factual reports! Hopefully the reports will address the many stories we hear about fracking and tell us if they are true or not and what risks are associated with fracking."

Thirsk and Malton MP Anne McIntosh has raised her concerns:

"There will be concern at the environment implications from this development at Kirby Misperton. At the very least, I am calling for a full environmental impact assessment to be undertaken and the details and conclusions of it to be published.

“Local residents will want to know where the huge amounts of water required will come from and how the contaminated water will be disposed of.

"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.

“I am at a loss to understand how Viking Energy have suddenly developed the technology, when they gave me an assurance within the last year that they themselves neither had the technology nor any intention of hydraulically fracking at depth anywhere in Ryedale.

“I am meeting the company later this week to discuss this in more detail.”



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