From York Press: Fracking protesters have launched a fundraising appeal in support of their campaign against plans to bring fracking to the area.
Frack Free Ryedale have campaigned against the industry over the past two years and, together with Friends of the Earth, are seeking a Judicial Review into North Yorkshire County Council’s (NYCC) decision to allow planning permission to Third Energy to carry out fracking at Kirby Misperton, near Malton.
Jackie Cray, a retired vicar from Kirby Misperton, said: “Concerned residents scrutinised the application and some 4,375 people submitted sound evidence to the planning committee against the application from Third Energy.
“With 14 parish councils, five town councils and Ryedale District Council against the application or seeking a moratorium and despite all these objections, the seven members of the county council who passed the planning permission have let the people of North Yorkshire down by failing to address these crucial concerns.”
Campaigners are awaiting a judge’s ruling as to whether their request to seek a Judicial Review has been successful.
Members of Frack Free Ryedale and Friends of the Earth argue that NYCC has failed to properly consider the impact on climate change, or secure long-term financial protection against environmental damage, as grounds for a judicial review.
David Davis, a retired chartered surveyor from Hovingham, said: “With the possibility of a judicial review, the campaign has now moved up a gear and we need to raise a substantial amount to fund activities going forward.
“We would like to thank the considerable generosity of our members and supporters to date, but we need to gain additional support to stop this unnecessary industrialisation in Ryedale and North Yorkshire.
“We need to fundraise in order to reach out to even more residents by running effective and professional campaigns.
“We hope people will recognise the value of what we are trying to do to protect Ryedale from fracking and support us.”