Friends of the Earth campaigner to demand Barclays Bank scraps fracking in Ryedale

Fracking rigs like this one are a common site in America.
Fracking rigs like this one are a common site in America.

A Helmsley woman will demand the board Barclays Bank scrap plans to frack in Ryedale tomorrow (Thursday, April 23).

Monica Gripaios will join other campaigners from Friends of the Earth in the mass protest outside the Barclays Bank Annual general Meeting at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

Barclays Bank owns 97 per cent of Third Energy which is planning to frack for shale gas in Kirby Misperton, despite growing opposition across the district.

In recent evidence to the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, Third Energy’s John Dewar described plans to expand fracking in Ryedale to 19 sites.

Monica said: “As a Barclays shareholder, I’m shocked that they are sponsoring fracking in our community. Their plans to frack in North Yorkshire will have unacceptable levels of risk for the local environment and for the global climate.

“There is huge opposition from local people concerned about the impact of fracking on our health, environment and our key economic sectors of agriculture and tourism.

“Barclays Bank should call a halt to fracking in North Yorkshire and put their money into positive investments like energy efficiency and renewables.”