North Yorkshire County Council urged to oppose fracking

The Northern Echo: AWAITING GUIDANCE: Councillor Gareth Dadd AWAITING GUIDANCE: Councillor Gareth Dadd

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners will deliver a petition to North Yorkshire County Council urging it to prevent gas extraction firms from fracking.

York and Ryedale Friends Of The Earth members Josie Downs and Glyn Wild said unless the authority moved swiftly against the controversial pressure mining technique, swathes of the county could look markedly different in the coming years.

Drilling firms believe there are trillions of cubic feet of shale gas underneath parts of northern England, including North Yorkshire, which could be recovered through fracking.

Fracking involves drilling into the earth before sand, water and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure, causing gas to flow out.

Mrs Downs will present a 40-signature petition to the authority’s chairman, Councillor Bernard Bateman, at County Hall, Northallerton, today (Friday, March 21).

She will call on the council to follow a number of its counterparts in passing a motion opposing fracking and supporting renewable energy sources and energy-saving drives.

The retired veterinary nurse said fracking in North Yorkshire could lead to drinking water becoming contaminated and would be unlikely to deliver cuts in consumers’ fuel bills.

Mrs Downs said: “Fracking is overhyped and unnecessary and a dangerous distraction from the real solutions to our energy needs.”

North Yorkshire County Council confirmed yesterday (Thursday, March 20) that it had not received any planning applications from companies wishing to start fracking for gas.

Gas drilling company Dart Energy, which has a licence to explore for shale gas in a large area covering 15,000 sq km across the North of England, said in January that it could begin fracking in North Yorkshire in the next two years.

Earlier this year, David Cameron backed fracking and predicted shale gas extraction could support 74,000 British jobs, attract £3bn of investment and reduce energy bills.

The Prime Minister added local authorities in England would receive 100 per cent of the business rates collected from shale gas schemes.

Councillor Gareth Dadd, the council’s executive member for highways and planning, said the authority was awaiting national guidance over fracking.

He said: “Holding a position against fracking would be futile without giving due consideration to proposals.

“Perhaps Friends of The Earth should save their energy to petition in the coming years for more energy supplies when people are sitting in the dark in cold baths.”

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7:31pm Thu 20 Mar 14

gleble says...

Who would want to sit in a dark room in a cold bath just because they have no electricity. Would it be some sort of protest?
Who would want to sit in a dark room in a cold bath just because they have no electricity. Would it be some sort of protest? gleble
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2:57pm Fri 21 Mar 14

David Lacey says...

Greenies are mad and dangerous people. They must be resisted for all our good.
Greenies are mad and dangerous people. They must be resisted for all our good. David Lacey
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9:25pm Fri 21 Mar 14

spragger says...

Who elected FOE & Greenpeace to speak & make decisions for us?
Yeah exactly No one!
Hydraulic Fracture is exactly what the UK & Yorkshire needs!

The reason we have had to pussyfoot around Russia & kow tow to Putin is because he now controls the Gas
We urgently need our own gas, for our own massive network & demand

Its amazing how FOE & Greenpeace folk ALL have households that do not need gas ..
Who elected FOE & Greenpeace to speak & make decisions for us? Yeah exactly No one! Hydraulic Fracture is exactly what the UK & Yorkshire needs! The reason we have had to pussyfoot around Russia & kow tow to Putin is because he now controls the Gas We urgently need our own gas, for our own massive network & demand Its amazing how FOE & Greenpeace folk ALL have households that do not need gas .. spragger
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10:40am Sat 22 Mar 14

rscott123 says...

I write in response to councillor Dadds outrageous comments. this is a man who is the executive member for planning in North Yorkshire. he simply should not be allowed to be so biased on a subject which is of significant importance to the general public.

I would urge Dadds and his fellow members of NYCC to read through the following body of evidence that exposes the potential risks associated with fracking in our county.

1 - Here is a blog from frack-off which helps explain the various risks and the mounting evidence on fracking - http://frack-off.org
.uk/mounting-evidenc
e-the-harm-caused-by
-fracking/

2 - The EPA report in America linking water contamination due to fracking well integrity loss - http://www.epa.gov/o
ig/reports/2014/2013
1220-14-P-0044.pdf

3 - http://touch.latimes
.com/#section/-1/art
icle/p2p-78676666/

4 - Another study linking dangerous levels of arsenic in water wells in close proximity to frack wells (Texas, USA) http://pubs.acs.org/
doi/abs/10.1021/es40
11724?prevSearch=Bar
nett&searchHistoryKe
y=

5 -http://www.texastri
bune.org/2013/07/30/
fracking/

6 - Air pollution and the links with fracking - http://www.news-medi
cal.net/news/2012031
9/Air-emissions-near
-natural-gas-drillin
g-sites-may-contribu
te-to-health-problem
s.aspx

7 -Human health and fracking - http://www.bloomberg
view.com/articles/20
14-01-04/study-shows
-fracking-is-bad-for
-babies

8 - These findings suggest that shale gas development poses significant risks to human health and have policy implications for regulation of shale gas development. - http://dyson.cornell
.edu/research/resear
chpdf/wp/2012/Cornel
l-Dyson-wp1212.pdf

Furthermore Camerons claims of 74,000 jobs and a lower energy bills has already been discredited and should not be included in this article.
I write in response to councillor Dadds outrageous comments. this is a man who is the executive member for planning in North Yorkshire. he simply should not be allowed to be so biased on a subject which is of significant importance to the general public. I would urge Dadds and his fellow members of NYCC to read through the following body of evidence that exposes the potential risks associated with fracking in our county. 1 - Here is a blog from frack-off which helps explain the various risks and the mounting evidence on fracking - http://frack-off.org .uk/mounting-evidenc e-the-harm-caused-by -fracking/ 2 - The EPA report in America linking water contamination due to fracking well integrity loss - http://www.epa.gov/o ig/reports/2014/2013 1220-14-P-0044.pdf 3 - http://touch.latimes .com/#section/-1/art icle/p2p-78676666/ 4 - Another study linking dangerous levels of arsenic in water wells in close proximity to frack wells (Texas, USA) http://pubs.acs.org/ doi/abs/10.1021/es40 11724?prevSearch=Bar nett&searchHistoryKe y= 5 -http://www.texastri bune.org/2013/07/30/ fracking/ 6 - Air pollution and the links with fracking - http://www.news-medi cal.net/news/2012031 9/Air-emissions-near -natural-gas-drillin g-sites-may-contribu te-to-health-problem s.aspx 7 -Human health and fracking - http://www.bloomberg view.com/articles/20 14-01-04/study-shows -fracking-is-bad-for -babies 8 - These findings suggest that shale gas development poses significant risks to human health and have policy implications for regulation of shale gas development. - http://dyson.cornell .edu/research/resear chpdf/wp/2012/Cornel l-Dyson-wp1212.pdf Furthermore Camerons claims of 74,000 jobs and a lower energy bills has already been discredited and should not be included in this article. rscott123
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11:00am Sat 22 Mar 14

rscott123 says...

I write in response to councillor Dadds outrageous comments. This is a man who is the executive member for planning in North Yorkshire. He simply should not be allowed to be so biased on a subject which is of significant importance to the general public.

I would urge Dadds and his fellow members of NYCC to read through the following body of evidence that exposes the potential risks associated with fracking in our county.

1 - Here is a blog from frack-off which helps explain the various risks and the mounting evidence on fracking - http://frack-off.org
.uk/mounting-evidenc
e-the-harm-caused-by
-fracking/;
/

2 - The EPA report in America linking water contamination due to fracking well integrity loss - http://www.epa.gov/o
ig/reports/2014/2013
1220-14-P-0044.pdf;


3 - http://www.latimes.c
om/nation/la-na-epa-
fracking-20131225,0,
6042944.story#axzz2w
gjXgUMM;


4 - Another study linking dangerous levels of arsenic in water wells in close proximity to frack wells (Texas, USA) http://pubs.acs.org/
doi/abs/10.1021/es40
11724?prevSearch=Bar
nett&searchHistoryKe
y=;


5 - http://www.texastrib
une.org/2013/07/30/f
racking/;


6 - Air pollution and the links with fracking –
http://www.news-medi
cal.net/news/2012031
9/Air-emissions-near
-natural-gas-drillin
g-sites-may-contribu
te-to-health-problem
s.aspx;

7 -Human health and fracking - http://www.bloomberg
view.com/articles/20
14-01-04/study-shows
-fracking-is-bad-for
-babies;

8 - These findings suggest that shale gas development poses significant risks to human health and have policy implications for regulation of shale gas development. - http://dyson.cornell
.edu/research/resear
chpdf/wp/2012/Cornel
l-Dyson-wp1212.pdf;

Furthermore Camerons claims of 74,000 jobs and a lower energy bills has already been discredited and should not be included in this article.
I write in response to councillor Dadds outrageous comments. This is a man who is the executive member for planning in North Yorkshire. He simply should not be allowed to be so biased on a subject which is of significant importance to the general public. I would urge Dadds and his fellow members of NYCC to read through the following body of evidence that exposes the potential risks associated with fracking in our county. 1 - Here is a blog from frack-off which helps explain the various risks and the mounting evidence on fracking - http://frack-off.org .uk/mounting-evidenc e-the-harm-caused-by -fracking/; / 2 - The EPA report in America linking water contamination due to fracking well integrity loss - http://www.epa.gov/o ig/reports/2014/2013 1220-14-P-0044.pdf; 3 - http://www.latimes.c om/nation/la-na-epa- fracking-20131225,0, 6042944.story#axzz2w gjXgUMM; 4 - Another study linking dangerous levels of arsenic in water wells in close proximity to frack wells (Texas, USA) http://pubs.acs.org/ doi/abs/10.1021/es40 11724?prevSearch=Bar nett&searchHistoryKe y=; 5 - http://www.texastrib une.org/2013/07/30/f racking/; 6 - Air pollution and the links with fracking – http://www.news-medi cal.net/news/2012031 9/Air-emissions-near -natural-gas-drillin g-sites-may-contribu te-to-health-problem s.aspx; 7 -Human health and fracking - http://www.bloomberg view.com/articles/20 14-01-04/study-shows -fracking-is-bad-for -babies; 8 - These findings suggest that shale gas development poses significant risks to human health and have policy implications for regulation of shale gas development. - http://dyson.cornell .edu/research/resear chpdf/wp/2012/Cornel l-Dyson-wp1212.pdf; Furthermore Camerons claims of 74,000 jobs and a lower energy bills has already been discredited and should not be included in this article. rscott123
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11:08am Sat 22 Mar 14

rscott123 says...

sorry the Links seem to not have copied in correctly.

to access them you may need to copy and paste into your internet browser.
sorry the Links seem to not have copied in correctly. to access them you may need to copy and paste into your internet browser. rscott123
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