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Co-leader of Green Party to visit the region in support of anti-fracking protestors

Jonathan Bartley Credit: PA

Co-leader of the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley will visit Kirby Misperton in support of anti-fracking protestors.

Permission to frack has been granted to Third Energy.

The company wants to begin frackingby the end of the year.

However the plans have faced major opposition from environmental campaigners.

What is Fracking?

  • Fracking is a technique used to drill for deposits of fossil fuels that cannot be extracted by conventional means.
  • It involves pumping fluids into rocks at such high pressures they fracture, releasing the gas or oil locked inside.
  • Critics say the process is disastrous for the environment, leading to pollution of ground water and even triggering earthquakes.
  • Britain is thought to have large deposits of shale gas that can be exploited by using the method.


Five people charged with offences at potential fracking site

Five people have been charged with offences at Kirby Misperton on Thursday 21 September 2017:

  • A 18-year-old woman has been charged with assaulting a police officer carrying out her duties and assaulting a police officer carrying out his duties, at Kirby Misperton.
  • A 26-year-old woman has been charged with obstructing a police officer.
  • A 33-year-old man has been charged with obstructing the highway.
  • A 35-year-old woman has been charged with obstructing the highway.
  • A 44-year-old woman has been charged with obstructing the highway.

All five will appear at York Magistrates Court next month.

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.

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