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Campaigners scale rig to stage sky-high fracking protest

Three campaigners are occupying a work-over rig at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire to protest over controversial plans to frack at the Third Energy site.

The campaigners got ono the site on Habton Road and scaled the 60ft metal construction last night. Its the latest action protestors have taken outside the proposed fracking site, after equipment needed for the controversial gas extraction began to move on site more than two weeks ago.

Kirby Misperton protection camp Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The campaigners said in a statement on their Facebook page they felt compelled to stand against the industry.

We took this action because we feel compelled to make a strong and visible stand against this industry which threatens so much for all of us and future generations; drinkable water, clean air and the very stability of the land beneath our feet are in danger. Fracking only benefits a few at the expense of the many. We want to inspire others and demonstrate the power we have when we take a stand. “

– KM Protection
The final seal of approval to frack for shale gas at Kirby Misperton was given by North Yorkshire County Council in September. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Third Energy said the company 'strongly condemns' the action and added it has 'serious health and safety consequences' .

Third Energy can confirm that one female and two males have broken into the KMA live gas well site in Kirby Misperton early on the morning of 21 October. The intruders have climbed up the workover rig, currently mobilised to the KM8 well, and are occupying the platform known as the monkey board.

The company strongly condemns this reckless action that potentially has serious health and safety consequences for both the intruders and the people working on the site. In particular, the intruders have been advised by police loud hailer of the serious risk created by open flames and sparks on a live gas site.

The current work programme with the rig has been completed and the rig is ready to be demobilised.

– Spokesperson, Third Energy