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Judge Rules In Favour Of Fracking In Ryedale

Judge Rules In Favour Of Fracking In Ryedale

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 1:57pm 20th December 2016.

Campaigners have lost a High Court challenge against the decision to award a permit for shale gas fracking to a developer in North Yorkshire.

Residents in the village of Kirby Misperton in Ryedale teamed up with environmentalists to try to block the move, which allows the process near their homes.

But their application for a judicial review was dismissed.

Di Keal, Ryedale District Councillor and campaigner against fracking, said:

“This is a terrible decision and a sad day for people living in Ryedale and everyone who believes in democracy.

“It is impossible to ignore the fact that the Tory government, our MP, Kevin Hollinrake and the North Yorkshire County Council are determined to push forward with this short-term, dirty industry.

“They appear content to use the people of Ryedale as guinea-pigs in their drive to push fracking on unwilling communities, totally ignoring the implications on health, well-being and the environment."

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire County Council said:

"North Yorkshire County Council is grateful for the judgement of the High Court, which confirms that the planning committee gave proper regard to all material planning considerations before approving the application by Third Energy to undertake fracking for shale gas in the vicinity of Kirby Misperton.

"The County Council has not sought to bring fracking to North Yorkshire. Having received this application, we had a responsibility to determine it and to apply national and local policies. We followed a statutory process, and the High Court has found that we followed it correctly and has rejected the issues raised by Friends of the Earth.

"We have a statutory duty to deal with such issues, and are now focusing on a new draft Minerals and Waste Joint Plan for York and North Yorkshire, which has been produced by the County Council with City of York Council and the North York Moors National Park Authority."




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