Fracking campaigners protest at conference

The protest at the Spa
The protest at the Spa

Protesters gathered at The Spa this morning to make their feelings against Fracking clear as a major conference got under way.

Organised by the Onshore Energy Services Group (OESG) and supported by the Scarborough Ambassadors, the “Future Business Opportunities for North Yorkshire Onshore Oil and Gas” conference brought together major operators in the industry along with businesses to discuss opportunities to win contracts in the shale gas supply chain.
Groups including Frack Free Scrborough (FFS) and Friends of the Earth protested as the representatives arrived on this morning.

A FFS spokesperson said: “The fact that the 1.15pm session is entitled ‘The size of the prize’ shows gas companies and their political backers are only interested in profit. This community’s health and welfare is not a financial prize to be handed to the highest bidder.”

More than dozen licences for fracking exploration have been granted around North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire County Council is due to make a decision in next month about a plan for a shale gas site in Kirby Misperton.

OESG chief executive Lee Petts said: “With the potential for the oil and gas industry to really take off in the north of England with the award of the Round 14 licences, we wanted to make sure that Yorkshire businesses were well-placed to take advantage of the opportunities that come their way.”