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UKOOG welcomes fracking decision in North Yorkshire

UKOOG - United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas - has welcomed the decision by the planning committee of North Yorkshire County Council to approve fracking for Shale Gas at Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton well.

“UKOOG welcomes the decision that has been taken today by North Yorkshire County Council, which helps to dispel many of the misleading claims that have been made about this application, as well as the process of hydraulic fracturing more generally.

We look forward to Third Energy being able to conduct a test to see how much gas is under this area of North Yorkshire to power and heat homes and businesses.”

– Ken Cronin, UKOOG

Third Energy: "This is a huge responsibility"

An application to frack for shale gas at a site in Kirby Misperton, near Pickering has been approved by North Yorkshire County Council.

Councillors meeting at County Hall in Northallerton voted seven to four in favour of proposal by Third Energy.

They've given their reaction to the outcome of the vote.

"This approval, is not as a victory, but is a huge responsibility.

We will have to deliver on our commitment, made to the committee and to the people of Ryedale, to undertake this operation safely and without impacting on the local environment."

– Rasik Valand, Chief Executive of Third Energy

Greenpeace react to North Yorkshire fracking deal

An application to frack for shale gas at a site in Kirby Misperton, near Pickering has been approved by North Yorkshire County Council.

Councillors meeting at County Hall in Northallerton voted seven to four in favour of proposal by Third Energy.

Greenpeace campaigners say they will keep fighting despite the decision.

North Yorkshire Council say they've taken into 'careful consideration' all the issues raised.

"It is striking that the overwhelming number of speakers giving evidence at the two-day hearing were against fracking and Ryedale Parish Council voted against fracking at its back door, but North Yorks Council has overlooked this and the many, many concerns that were raised locally.

This isn't over and people will continue to raise their very valid concerns and keep fighting against fracking because it will industrialise the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and contribute to climate change."

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– Daisy Sands, Greenpeace's head of energy campaign

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Fracking in Kirby Misperton given the go ahead

Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire where fracking WILL now go ahead Credit: ITV

An application to frack for shale gas at a site in Kirby Misperton, near Pickering has been approved by North Yorkshire County Council.

Councillors meeting at County Hall in Northallerton voted seven to four in favour of proposal by Third Energy, paving way for first fracking in UK for five years.

Anti-fracking protestors were warned to stay within the law as the plans were debated.

After the decision around 200 protestors started chanting 'we shall overcome' outside County Hall.

North Yorkshire Council release a full statement after fracking given the go ahead

North Yorkshire County Council’s planning committee has given the go-ahead for Third Energy to undertake fracking for shale gas in the vicinity of Kirby Misperton.

The committee has sat for two days and listened to over 100 speakers before deliberating the planning officer’s report and recommendation to accept Third Energy’s application.

This has been a long and taxing process which the committee has undertaken with very careful consideration of all the issues raised.

Today the County Council has taken a single decision on a single site in North Yorkshire which already has existing conventional drilling for gas on it. The planning committee is satisfied that in this particular application, mitigation of the effects of the development with regard to safeguarding the natural environment, protected species and habitats the amenity of local residents, the protection of ground and surface water quality and traffic management can be achieved through the discharge of the planning conditions. The County Council is very aware that this is a controversial proposal of major sensitivity and complexity and that many objections have been expressed about significant and adverse impacts upon the environment and upon climate change.

The Council is proud that North Yorkshire is a beautiful place to live in, to work in and to visit and is determined that it will remain so. This decision does not change that fact.

But local councils are required to work within the national policy framework that indigenous oil and gas remain key to energy security while facilitating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This must be a material consideration as is the need for economic growth and development that will provide jobs and sustainable communities.

Nevertheless North Yorkshire did not choose to be the first authority to make a decision on fracking within this policy framework. The local circumstances associated with each application remain the overriding factor in planning decision-making.

The County Council planning committee has come to a decision therefore based on the particulars of this site.

This decision does not have a bearing on future applications.

– North Yorkshire Council
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'All British Tata Steel bid' between Excalibur Steel UK and Liberty House 'completely untrue'

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A deal between Excalibur Steel UK and Liberty House to buy the Tata Steel UK operation is "completely untrue", ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills has been told.

The "all-British bid" between the two companies was thought to have been to allow Excalibur access to what one source describes as "the deep pockets" of Liberty House, while in turn they would benefit from working closely with the team who have been seen as the front-runners from the outset of the sales process.

The rumour had emerged ahead of the planned Tata board meeting in Mumbai this week to whittle down the seven bids for the ailing steel operation.

The sale includes the huge Port Talbot plant and 15,000 jobs across the UK.

North Yorkshire fracking plan considered again

The proposed site is close to Kirby Misperton Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

An application to frack for shale gas at a site in North Yorkshire will be considered again by county councillors today.

A vocal crowd of anti-fracking campaigners greeted the council's planning committee at County Hall in Northallerton on Friday, when it began considering the plan.

On that day, members heard from dozens of people who oppose to the scheme on environmental and economic grounds. Today councillors are due to hear from those in favour.

The plan, from the company Third Energy, centres on its site close to Kirby Misperton, between Malton and Pickering. It wants to test for shale gas at an existing well. The firm says it has been drilling wells and producing gas safely and discreetly there for over twenty years and will continue to maintain their same standards in future.

Council officers have recommended the scheme is approved.

Opponents of fracking gathered outside County Hall on Friday Credit: ITV News
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