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20 December 2016 11:15:24 |News,Property News,Rural Life

Fracking given go ahead at North Yorkshire site after environmentalists lose legal challenge

Anti-fracking groups in North Yorkshire

Anti-fracking groups in North Yorkshire

Fracking will go ahead at a North Yorkshire site after environmentalists lost a legal challenge they had brought on climate change grounds.
Friends of the Earth and residents had challenged North Yorkshire County Council's decision in the High Court. Campaigners said they were "devastated" by the decision.
Third Energy was granted planning permission to extract shale gas at Kirby Misperton in Ryedale in May.
The company had hoped to hydraulically fracture the site this year, but the delay caused by the judicial review means fracking is unlikely to begin until 2017. Unlike some other exploratory shale gas sites, the well has already been drilled.
The actual fracking process – which involves pumping water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure to release natural gas – will take about six weeks.
The consequences of fracking
Only one shale gas well near Blackpool, in Lancashire, has so far been fracked in Britain, but was later abandoned when some of the work undertaken triggered an earth tremor.
That resulted in an 18 month ban on the hydraulic fracturing technology used to extract gas from shale rock.
Some farmers have been critical of fracking and the direct consequences of the activity on nearby farms.
A North Yorkshire farmer has spoken of her fear of pollution after a local authority gave the go-ahead for fracking operations in the UK for the first time in five years.
She told FarmingUK that her cattle were reliant on water from a borehole, which she feared could be contaminated by the fracking operations.
The farmer said that evidence was emerging from the United States, where fracking has been used for some years, that water sources had been polluted.
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