Campaigners lose High Court fracking challenge

A High Court judge has ruled that fracking can go ahead at Kirby Misperton.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 20th December 2016, 9:25 am
Updated Thursday, 29th December 2016, 1:58 pm
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Mrs Justice Lang ruled on Tuesday that North Yorkshire County Council had assessed the impact to climate change when it approved the Third Energy well near Flamingo Land.

Campaigners have said they will not give up the fight to stop the controversial method being undertaken in Ryedale.

Claimant in the case, Reverend Jackie Cray, said: “I’m obviously disappointed in the verdict but it doesn’t end here.

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“There is no support in North Yorkshire for this risky industry.

“We will continue to campaign on behalf of local communities for the sake of our children and their children’s health and well-being, and the long term prosperity of our area. We are not prepared for Ryedale to become a sacrifice zone for the sake of industry greed.”

David Davis, one of the residents behind the legal action said: “We respect Mrs Justice Lang’s decision whose duty was to carefully interpret the law as it stands today. Our greatest disappointment is with the government, our own MP, and an industry who are conspiring to force fracking on unwilling communities with the threat of overruling any councils who refuse planning permission.

“Our own County Council failed to respect residents wishes and those of the District Council, five town councils and 14 parish councils in Ryedale who objected, and did not even have the courage to use the authority’s own draft Minerals and Waste Plan as a basis to throw out this application.

“Third Energy will now press ahead with its plans at Kirby Misperton.

“Sadly, this decision will open the floodgates to other fracking companies such as INEOS who together have plans for more than 14000 wells in Ryedale alone. Large areas of Yorkshire, the North and the Midlands are covered by Petroleum Exploration and Development licences for fracking which if exploited will lead to the widespread industrialisation of our countryside.”