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Green Party co-leader to visit Kirby Misperton site

Frack site KM protest SEPT 17

9:22am 30th September 2017

The Co-Leader of the Green Party - Jonathan Bartley - will be visiting Kirby Misperton on Tuesday (3rd Oct) to show support for those trying to protect the area against fracking.

Last Tuesday trucks started arriving at the site with tensions rising as people from across the region attempt to protest against drilling for gas.

The ‘protectors’ are now finding themselves being lifted off the site by police.

Thirsk and Malton Green Party member, Josie Downs was one such person removed from trying to protest.

Regional Coordinator, Ann Forsaith, Co-ordinator of Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Green Party has said:

"There were over 60 of us there, trying to block the entrance to the site and shouting at oncoming trucks. The atmosphere is really quite unpleasant now."

The national Green Party's co-leader Jonathon Bartley is visiting the frack site this week in the most recent attempt to show strong opposition to fracking since the trucks began arriving.

He will be listening to local people about their concerns over this dangerous and unnecessary industry.

He will be joined by Green Party members from across Yorkshire and the Humber as well as people from the myriad of other groups that have formed since the threat of fracking in this part of our country became a reality.

Green Party Energy Spokesperson, Andrew Cooper says:

“Kirby Misperton is in the fracking front line and I am full of admiration for all the people who are peacefully protesting to protect local communities.

The Government is promoting the last dregs of the Fossil Fuel economy when the threat of climate change is becoming more evident with each passing day.

We need to be supporting a future of renewable energy sources and more energy efficient buildings to reduce our demand for energy.”

The Green Party are encouraging as many people as possible who are concerned about fracking happening in North Yorkshire to visit the protection camp on Tuesday.

Minster FM has contacted Third Energy for comment.

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