Fracking given go-ahead in North Yorkshire

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

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Fracking approval is 'huge responsibility' says energy firm

No fracking activity on site for 'some time'

The chief executive of Third Energy, which has been given approval to frack for shale gas in North Yorkshire, says it is not celebrating a victory, but sees it as a 'huge responsibility'.

Rasik Valand also says it will be some time before any activity is seen in the area of Kirby Misperton.

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.

However, don’t expect to see any activities on site in the near future. We have conditions from both the planning authority and the Environment Agency to discharge. There are other consents and notifications required prior to receiving final consent from the Secretary of State. Then there is the normal commercial and project management work, such as the letting of contracts and ordering of long lead items.

The purpose of this application is to establish if the gas seen in some samples in this hybrid sandstone shale formation can be made to flow, at what process conditions and for how long. If this flows then we will need to assess how it performs for some months before making any conclusions. So now we move on to the next stage of obtaining required approvals.

– Rasik Valand, Chief Executive of Third Energy

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