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North York Moors Reasserts Anti-Fracking Stance

North York Moors Reasserts Anti-Fracking Stance

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:04am 11th January 2018.

North York Moors National Park is reasserting its stance against Fracking. 

It comes after INEOS, the company planning to frack in the area, has reportedly explored the possibility of carrying out the process under the Park.

The authority has made it clear it does not want the company to frack there.

A statement from Andy Wilson, Chief Executive of the North York Moors National Authority, read:

The North York Moors National Park is a specially-protected place for good reason. As the guardians of this magnificent landscape, its habitats, wildlife and tranquillity, the Authority - along with the Government - remain firmly against fracking for shale gas beneath the National Park.  We need to consider the area’s long-term interests.

The environment of the North York Moors, which includes everything from the dark skies at night to the unique geology and landforms, clean air and fresh water, matters greatly to both the National Park Authority and to the public as a whole. We are therefore seeking an urgent meeting with INEOS, a company which has informed us of plans to explore shale gas reserves in the area in 2018. We will make clear that we do not wish them to proceed in the Park and that the Authority will take appropriate steps to preserve the integrity of the national asset it is charged to conserve.

Chris France is the Director of planning at North York Moors National park, he said:

"We've just had one meeting with INEOS back in November and that was actually just planning consultants acting on their behalf, informing us that they wanted to come to the North York Moors to do some seismic exploration and check out the geology. 

Since then it's obviously been reported in the media that their intention is to actually frack the shale gas from outside the park and then drill into it horizontally.

When they put that drill rig down, that goes through groundwater aquifers and that is incredibly important to the North York Moors.

The southern part of the Moors is limestone, that's got groundwater sources that supply Scarborough's drinking water."

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