Many thanks to Gabby for permission to publish her report and pictures, Sorry I couldn't make it !! Short & sweet :-))
This morning we went to Helmsley for a Very important meeting of the NY Moors Planning Committee. There were many passionate members of the local communities there & most committee members had listened to constituents & asked good & challenging Qs of Third Energy - who just kept saying 'it'll be fine'. The members were "feeling pressured" to approve two reinjection wells of radio active highly toxic water - amounting to thousands of tanker fulls, from natural water used for gas extraction. These wells would be drilled right through the layer of sandstone (the aquifer) that holds & supplies all of Scarborough's drinking water. The committee members majority felt that they could not be convinced of the assurances that toxic accidents wouldn't happen - when the applicant Third Energy (owned by Barclays) admitted that accidents actually might happen but they hoped they wouldn't. The committee didn't refuse, but a large majority deferred the application for more proof of safety . It really proves to me the importance of informing ourselves of what greedy business 'wool' is being pulled over our eyes. Lovely to meet other caring people & see that quite a few committee members do care about our Moors & our region!