Energy company denies plans to frack for gas under historic streets of York

The Northern Echo: FRACKING CONCERN: A shale gas well. FRACKING CONCERN: A shale gas well.

A GAS drilling company has dismissed claims by environmentalists that it is planning to frack for shale gas under the historic streets of York.

But Dart Energy has confirmed it could begin fracking elsewhere in North Yorkshire in the next two years.

The Green Party has launched an on-line petition condemning fracking and warning that plans by Dart could endanger York's “unique architectural heritage”.

Campaigners claim the company is looking to drill for gas under the city and council officials are considering the proposal.

However, Dart has dismissed the claim, saying the party has got it facts wrong.

The company confirmed it had a licence to explore for shale gas in a large area covering 15,000 sq km across the North of England, including a large area of North Yorkshire.

It estimated that “three or four” wells may be drilled in that area over the next two to three years.

A spokesman added: “There may be a well drilled (in North Yorkshire) in the next couple of years but access and availability of transport would preclude drilling under York.”

The company said any proposals to drill shale gas wells would need planning permission.

Yorkshire and the Humber Green Party will present an anti-fracking petition to City of York Council next month.

Andrew Cooper, Green Party energy spokesman and Kirkstall councillor, said: "It is astonishing that industry, let alone officials, are considering fracking within the City of York.

“Many York residents will be expressing their concern at the prospect of such technology being used to extract gas from underneath the city.”

North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council and North York Moors National Park confirmed on Monday that they had not yet received any planning applications from companies wishing to start fracking for gas.

The three authorities are currently working on a minerals and waste joint plan to set out their policy on fracking and other mineral extraction issues.

Coun James Alexander, Labour leader of City of York Council, said: "I am sure there will be concerns from residents about fracking near their homes so this is a hugely important issue that must be properly debated before any decision is reached.”

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7:58pm Mon 20 Jan 14

peanutjones says...

What complete and utter nonsense from the environmentalists. What do they expect? A drilling rig on the Shambles?

I too have concerns about fracking, and that if done badly it can indeed harm the environment, but in the main, if we do not take on the opportunity to exploit shale gas then the benefits we would get from the gas will disappear overseas. Fracking is going to happen. Its not possible to exploit any natural resource without any environmental hazard so we had better get used to the idea of ensuring minimal harm. Its up to us to balance the risk of environmental damage against the benefits.
What complete and utter nonsense from the environmentalists. What do they expect? A drilling rig on the Shambles? I too have concerns about fracking, and that if done badly it can indeed harm the environment, but in the main, if we do not take on the opportunity to exploit shale gas then the benefits we would get from the gas will disappear overseas. Fracking is going to happen. Its not possible to exploit any natural resource without any environmental hazard so we had better get used to the idea of ensuring minimal harm. Its up to us to balance the risk of environmental damage against the benefits. peanutjones

8:38pm Mon 20 Jan 14

jononono says...

Many of the leaders of a lot of the 'stop fracking' protestors are professional protestors. Russia and other importers of gas into the UK do not want the UK to become self sufficient like USA has from using the latest technology to safely get natural gas out of the ground (either through coal seam gas extraction where no extra pressure into the well is needed, or 'fracking' where wells are hydrolically pressurised).
Many of the leaders of a lot of the 'stop fracking' protestors are professional protestors. Russia and other importers of gas into the UK do not want the UK to become self sufficient like USA has from using the latest technology to safely get natural gas out of the ground (either through coal seam gas extraction where no extra pressure into the well is needed, or 'fracking' where wells are hydrolically pressurised). jononono

10:37pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Interestingly, one of the largest landowners - with reference to mineral rights - in the City is the Church of England.
Interestingly, one of the largest landowners - with reference to mineral rights - in the City is the Church of England. Voice-of-reality

10:48pm Mon 20 Jan 14

darloboss says...

mention fracking and bumbles appears poof as if by magic
mention fracking and bumbles appears poof as if by magic darloboss

10:53pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Darlo, you may be distressed to know that the striped night cap has a moth hole. More annoyingly, they are increasingly difficult to buy - my supplier in Edinburgh is no more. The need for cheaper heating becomes more urgent daily.
Darlo, you may be distressed to know that the striped night cap has a moth hole. More annoyingly, they are increasingly difficult to buy - my supplier in Edinburgh is no more. The need for cheaper heating becomes more urgent daily. Voice-of-reality

6:01am Tue 21 Jan 14

darloboss says...

vor hot toddy and better still hot water bottle
vor hot toddy and better still hot water bottle darloboss

8:15pm Sun 16 Feb 14

york3003 says...

jononono wrote:
Many of the leaders of a lot of the 'stop fracking' protestors are professional protestors. Russia and other importers of gas into the UK do not want the UK to become self sufficient like USA has from using the latest technology to safely get natural gas out of the ground (either through coal seam gas extraction where no extra pressure into the well is needed, or 'fracking' where wells are hydrolically pressurised).
NO, THE PRO-FRACKING ARE ACTUALLY PR LOBBYISTS PAID TO INFLUENCE THOSE MAKING DECISIONS.

Ordinary people have nothing to gain from Fracking but pollution and misery.
PRO-FRACKERS get cash handouts, tax breaks and a free clear up - SO WHO WOULD YOU BELEIVE?
[quote][p][bold]jononono[/bold] wrote: Many of the leaders of a lot of the 'stop fracking' protestors are professional protestors. Russia and other importers of gas into the UK do not want the UK to become self sufficient like USA has from using the latest technology to safely get natural gas out of the ground (either through coal seam gas extraction where no extra pressure into the well is needed, or 'fracking' where wells are hydrolically pressurised).[/p][/quote]NO, THE PRO-FRACKING ARE ACTUALLY PR LOBBYISTS PAID TO INFLUENCE THOSE MAKING DECISIONS. Ordinary people have nothing to gain from Fracking but pollution and misery. PRO-FRACKERS get cash handouts, tax breaks and a free clear up - SO WHO WOULD YOU BELEIVE? york3003

8:16pm Sun 16 Feb 14

york3003 says...

jononono wrote:
Many of the leaders of a lot of the 'stop fracking' protestors are professional protestors. Russia and other importers of gas into the UK do not want the UK to become self sufficient like USA has from using the latest technology to safely get natural gas out of the ground (either through coal seam gas extraction where no extra pressure into the well is needed, or 'fracking' where wells are hydrolically pressurised).
BEWARE...THIS IS LIKELY TO BE A PAID-FOR COMMENT BY A P.R. FIRM WORKING FOR A DRILLING COMPANY
[quote][p][bold]jononono[/bold] wrote: Many of the leaders of a lot of the 'stop fracking' protestors are professional protestors. Russia and other importers of gas into the UK do not want the UK to become self sufficient like USA has from using the latest technology to safely get natural gas out of the ground (either through coal seam gas extraction where no extra pressure into the well is needed, or 'fracking' where wells are hydrolically pressurised).[/p][/quote]BEWARE...THIS IS LIKELY TO BE A PAID-FOR COMMENT BY A P.R. FIRM WORKING FOR A DRILLING COMPANY york3003

8:17pm Sun 16 Feb 14

york3003 says...

peanutjones wrote:
What complete and utter nonsense from the environmentalists. What do they expect? A drilling rig on the Shambles?

I too have concerns about fracking, and that if done badly it can indeed harm the environment, but in the main, if we do not take on the opportunity to exploit shale gas then the benefits we would get from the gas will disappear overseas. Fracking is going to happen. Its not possible to exploit any natural resource without any environmental hazard so we had better get used to the idea of ensuring minimal harm. Its up to us to balance the risk of environmental damage against the benefits.
BEWARE...PR AGENCIES PAY FOR PEOPLE TO COMMENT NEGATIVELY ON ANTI-FRACKING ARTICLES.
[quote][p][bold]peanutjones[/bold] wrote: What complete and utter nonsense from the environmentalists. What do they expect? A drilling rig on the Shambles? I too have concerns about fracking, and that if done badly it can indeed harm the environment, but in the main, if we do not take on the opportunity to exploit shale gas then the benefits we would get from the gas will disappear overseas. Fracking is going to happen. Its not possible to exploit any natural resource without any environmental hazard so we had better get used to the idea of ensuring minimal harm. Its up to us to balance the risk of environmental damage against the benefits.[/p][/quote]BEWARE...PR AGENCIES PAY FOR PEOPLE TO COMMENT NEGATIVELY ON ANTI-FRACKING ARTICLES. york3003

8:21pm Sun 16 Feb 14

york3003 says...

Fracking anywhere in yorkshire will TAINT the water supply with toxic chemicals. Any food grown in Yorkshire will have TOXIC traces in it as will any Beer produced by SAM SMITHS, HEINEKEN or smaller brewers like SALTAIRE, YORK BREWERY, BLACK SHEEP and THEAKSTONS
Fracking anywhere in yorkshire will TAINT the water supply with toxic chemicals. Any food grown in Yorkshire will have TOXIC traces in it as will any Beer produced by SAM SMITHS, HEINEKEN or smaller brewers like SALTAIRE, YORK BREWERY, BLACK SHEEP and THEAKSTONS york3003

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