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Stand off between police and protestors continues at fracking site in Kirby Misperton

The stand off continues between police and protestors in the North Yorkshire village that's set to become the region's first fracking site.

Third Energy has been given the go ahead from the County Council to frack for gas near the village of Kirby Misperton.

The firm says its process is safe but campaigners are determined to do all they can to delay the work.

Chris Kiddey was there for us today:



Campaigners apply for review of fracking approval

The village of Kirby Misperson, North Yorkshire Credit: ITV

Campaigners have applied for a judicial review of a council's decision to allow fracking in North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire County Council's planning committee voted seven to four in favour of the first fracking operation in the UK for five years on a site just outside the village of Kirby Misperton, near Pickering.

Friends of the Earth (FoE) and members of local residents' group Frack Free Ryedale have now applied to the High Court for a judicial review of the councillor's decision.

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
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