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Controversial fracking proposals to be submitted

An energy company is to submit controversial plans for fracking in North Yorkshire to the county's council today.

Parts of the North Yorkshire Moors could be subject to fracking Credit: Press Association

Third energy say they want permission "to hydraulically stimulate and test various geological formations, at the existing Well KM8 at Kirby Misperton".

Samples were taken from the site in 2013 which suggested it was not suitable for drilling, however, samples from deeper sections of the rock produced better results.

The Frack Free Rydale group are planning to protest the move saying that approval could lead to more than 900 wells in the area.

Yorkshire to showcase beer garden at Chelsea Flower Show

A garden to celebrate Yorkshire’s real ale industry will be displayed at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

This is what the garden will look like Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

Welcome to Yorkshire will showcase a garden at the flower show for the sixth consecutive year.

This time its entry will celebrate the county’s wealth of microbreweries and famous beer industry.

Brewers Yard will celebrate another side of Yorkshire; its outstanding brewing scene with a vast wealth of incredible microbreweries right across the county. It’s an industry that has really taken off in Yorkshire, and where better than one of the county’s many pubs to sample a pint or two of that outstanding product?

– Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire

The garden – designed by Bestall&Co who are based at Renishaw Hall near Sheffield, and in partnership with Wold Top Brewery near Driffield – will feature an old Yorkshire brewing shed complete with Yorkshire thatch roof, besides elements of a modern micro-brewery.

The Brewers Yard garden will also feature Yorkshire stone walling along with a unique water feature comprised of a traditional Yorkshire Square brewing vessel.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from 19th to 23rd May.


North York Moors, Peak District and Yorkshire Dales 'suitable for fracking'

The North York Moors, the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales are all suitable for fracking according to a new report.

Scientists from Durham University's Department of Earth Sciences have reviewed existing data for each of our 15 national parks and found only four where it could be considered.

The briefing document found the four parks with geology to interest companies looking to exploit shale gas, shale oil or coalbed methane were the North York Moors, the Peak District, the South Downs and the Yorkshire Dales.

Fracking was considered "unlikely" in the Brecon Beacons, Exmoor, New Forest and Northumberland. They have shales or coals present but other aspects of their geology make fracking unfavourable.

The remaining seven national parks - the Broads, Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, Pembrokeshire Coast and Snowdonia - have geology which rules out fracking, the report found.

Those behind the study, published today, said they produced the report as, they claimed, there remained uncertainty about the policy on fracking in national parks.

Dr Liam Herringshaw, of Durham University's Department of Earth Sciences, said: "The geology of the UK is well-known, so we can examine which national parks are potential targets for fracking, and which national parks can be ruled out.

"Some national parks have no shales or coal within them or adjacent to them, so are of no interest to fracking companies. Many other national parks do contain shales or coal, but their nature means that they are unlikely to yield economic quantities of oil or gas.

"We hope that this review of existing information about the geology of the UK's national parks will help provide all sides involved in the fracking debate with some clarity about the potential for fracking in these areas, which currently appears to be lacking."


Canwick Road work is 'on track'

Improving traffic flow Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Lincolnshire County Council say five months worth of construction work to improve traffic flow on Canwick Road in Lincoln is well on track ahead of its planned completion date of the end of May.

It comes as a new stage of overnight closures are introduced on Canwick Road and Canwick Hill from today. Lincolnshire County Council say they are trying to minimise disruption to drivers by carrying out certain work overnight. The council also says construction work is taking place on site 24/7. A number of drivers have suffered daily delays as a result of the project. Here is project manager Sam Edwards.

Watchdogs condemn Yorkshire Wolds' windfarm plans

Heritage and archaeology watchdogs have condemned proposals for a major wind farm development in the Yorkshire Wolds, Energy giants EDF want to install ten turbines, each the height of the Humber Bridge.

Plans to install ten windturbines in Yorkshire Wolds condemned by watchdogs Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Opponents claim it will destroy important archaeological deposits in the area.

Sea defence repairs start this week

Work starts this week to repair flood-damaged sea defences in Cleethorpes and Humberston Fitties.

The east of coast of England was hit by the largest ever recorded tidal surge on 5 December 2013 and the Humber Estuary experienced significant flooding.

In North East Lincolnshire, the sea defences along the seafront were overtopped and significant damage occurred, particularly at Humberston Fitties.

North East Lincolnshire Council, working in partnership with Cofely, successfully claimed severe weather recovery funds from the Environment Agency to cover the cost of repairs to the coastal defences.

A total of £220,000 was secured to undertake works including: - replacing 90 metre stretch of gabion wall with new wall - removal of track and hard standing along the sand dune defences. - Repairs to the sea walls of the North Promenade and Kingsway.

The work will take until mid-April 2015 to complete.

“The tidal surge that hit the area in December 2013 showed just how vulnerable the area is to the threat of flooding, but it could have been much worse. “We need to make sure our defences are up to the job and these essential works will help protect our communities from the future threat of flooding.”

– Cllr David Watson, North East Lincolnshire Council
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