Almost one year on from Third Energy's public consultation exercise at Kirby Misperton their 'fracking' application now has an agreed decision date of Tuesday 9th February 2015.
Time to revisit:
"To hydraulically stimulate and test the various geological formations previously identified during the 2013 KM8 drilling operation, followed by the production of gas from one or more of these formations into the existing production facilities, followed by wellsite restoration. Plant and machinery to be used includes a workover rig (maximum height 37m) hydraulic fracture equipment, coil tubing unit, wireline unit, well testing equipment, high pressure flowline, temporary flowline pipe supports, permanent high pressure flowline and permanent pipe supports."
The Decision is to be made by NYCC and details, documents are found here: https://onlineplanningregister.northyorks.gov.uk/register/PlanAppDisp.as... Due to the number of documents and imv not a user friendly site, thought it useful to dig out a few of the more interesting and relevant documents:
In early December 2015 The Officer's Report recommendation was for a Refusal see here:
In short the Officer, along with 'others' felt that Third had not provided sufficient information, especially regard to Heritage, on which to make a decision.
With regard to the many objectors 'Frack-Free' and 'Friends of the Earth' see here:
Of much interest is the repsonse made by Flamingoland, given their intention to invest in Scarborough on the Futurist site, their other UK investments and the 'tourism' and employment opportunites they provide along with their very special investment in the Zoo & important Wildlife conservation work at Kirby Misperton, see here:
Without wishing to linger over Flamingoland's contribution, you have to ask if Camoron and his gungho approach to 'Fracking' has scored an own goal here, Flamingoland rightly point out and ask what is the "Master Plan"? ie they don't have a problem with Third's 'hydraulical stimulation' but what, or who next?
Finally about the lack of technical knowledge that members of NYCC have regarding 'fracking', a training event was held, see here:
And finally with regard to the Environment Agency's perceived lack of empowerment, see here:
Alongside the hostilities now aimed at one Lorraine of 'FORGE' (Friends of Ryedale Gas Energy) let's go back to that letter to the Yorkshire Post: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/yp-letters-we-cannot-afford-...
"The last time I checked less than half a per cent of the 800 people who live in the closest villages had written to object. I recently attended a Kirby Misperton Parish council meeting which was to discuss the planning application. Nine locals attended, the clerk, myself and partner. Ryedale has many decades of a working gas industry that has had no issues. What Mr Scott and many others who are opposed to the gas industry fail to acknowledge is without doubt we need the gas, we need energy security for the UK and we need a vibrant economy that encourages business investment and creates jobs. What we don’t need is to import ever growing amounts of gas, nor to support the fracking industry and jobs abroad.
We cannot live without natural gas, not now, and not for many decades. It is time people woke up to that fact. Any government would be failing its population if it allowed a resource that we have under our feet to go un-utilised. Only then to import the same commodity which has been fracked, using lower standards for the environment and workforce from another country."
The comments aimed at Lorraine appear to have been removed this morning, shame really as there were some quite pertinent points and links. Oh well, where there's a will ...
Rise of the machines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp-6BSGXMvg
Meanwhile, back in the Real World, Flash Floods in Whitby ... water water everywhere and not a drop to drink ... sand bucket ... head