Call for Government to “be more open about fracking" in Ryedale

Gazette & Herald: . .

RYEDALE could see an increase in pollution and traffic levels, according to a new report.

The Strategic Environmental Assessment report, published by AMEC for the Department for Energy and Climate Change, has suggested that areas subject to high levels of fracking could see an increase in traffic congestion, emissions and more pressure on water resources.

Maps previously published by the British Geological Society have shown that a large area of land under Ryedale and a vast amount of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has shale gas deposits, which could be exploited in the future.

Concerned residents have already taken part in protests and formed an anti-fracking group – Frack Free North Yorkshire – after the news last year that Viking Gas UK had been granted permission to create a gas conditioning plant at Ebberston Moor and Lockton Compound, near Pickering.

Residents’ worries were further fuelled after it was revealed that samples from drilling in Kirby Misperton had been sent to be tested to analyse the potential for fracking in the area.

A spokesman for Third Energy, which owns Viking Gas UK, said that the results were not yet known and that it was too early to tell whether fracking would be possible at the site.

The company currently has drilling rights across an area of 400sq km.

The report suggested that fracking could create up to 32,000 jobs over the next 20 years and communities could benefit from payments of up to £1bn through the Government’s compensation scheme.

But the offer of compensation has done little to suppress the worries of Ryedale residents.

Paul Gammon, a member of Frack Free North Yorkshire, wants the Government to be more open with the public about the plans.

He said: “The Government report is very worrying and it all seems very false.

“We will have a lot of inconvenience for not a lot of cheap gas.

“In my opinion, the only people who will benefit from this is the gas companies.”

The Thirsk and Malton Constituency Labour Party said that it is supporting the search for shale gas, but only if it can be conducted in a safe manner.

Speaking on behalf of the constituency, chairman Alan Avery said: “While we must ensure that Britain has an energy supply that is affordable, secure and low-carbon, Labour has always said that shale gas extraction should only go ahead if it is shown to be safe and environmentally sound.”

The constituency has also called for the Government to ensure that tight controls are put in place to ensure the safeguarding of the area and local residents should fracking begin.

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7:23pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Jakester05 says...

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Fracking – Is there any need with our new, low cost oil & gas exploration technology? A little known junior oil company, Alumni Oil, has developed a new and unique set of oil/ gas exploration technologies that are proving highly effective at a fraction of the traditional exploration cost. Combining these technologies with a high power algorithm they have developed, they are finding large quantities of oil and gas, right across the globe, easily and effortlessly, at a minimum of the traditional cost! So, when oil and gas, of which there is plenty all across the globe still undetected, can be found so easily – is there really any need for taking huge environmental risks in our own back yards by endorsing fracking? Alumni are an ethical and environmentally focussed energy company – their corporate vision is to use the “mucky black stuff” (of which they are sitting on a multi-billion barrel basin via their subsidiary www.AfricaNewEnergie s.com) to self-fund a clean energy installation program for developing countries around the world. They have already identified potentially large deposits in over 40 developing countries worldwide, in which they will start focussing their efforts over the next few years, once Namibia comes on tap and starts producing. With the minimum investment starting at just £10,000, as an investor you can even invest via the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), so you not only get something back from Mr. Cameron (i.e. 30% tax refunds), just for investing, but you can also sell your investment CGT FREE, so long as you remain invested for the EIS minimum period of 3 years. If you are interested in investing and wish to find out more about Alumni’s current projects, and understand why fracking is simply not necessary, click here: or go to http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=AWFqnbs8Q -0 Jakester05

11:08am Wed 15 Jan 14

sourmouth says...

This government has just forced the EU to abandon stricter controls over fracking because Cameron sees them as a barrier to the industry's profit. By so doing he has announced that he is more interested in pleasing these money-grabbing pirates than protecting the interests of our Nation.

In the last few days Cameron has revealed his true hand: pandering to the gas industry and blackmailing councils into accepting fracking as a fait accompli with no regard for the consequences. This Government is morally bankrupt and they don't even try to disguise it any more.

Blackmailing councils into accepting fracking applications in return for 100% Business Rates is totally corrupt. Casually dismissing protests as "irrational" is just arrogant and stating that current legislation is sufficiently robust is either delusional or deliberately misleading when one considers that no proper analysis of the effects of fracking in the UK has ever been undertaken.

To add insult to injury Cameron is proclaiming that fracking will benefit local communities by bringing down gas prices. This is a blatant falsehood and has been contradicted by Lord Browne, chairman of Quadrillia– the only company currently fracking in the UK – who has stated that UK fracking will not bring down the international price of gas. The figures for the £3.7 Billion a year “Bonanza” that Cameron repeatedly mentions are drawn from only one source: an estimate in a report compiled by Quadrillia (who have were sanctioned by the Advertising Standards Authority in April 2013 for producing misleading information). This proves that the Government have no reliable figures on which to base any meaningful policy.

Gas prices are and will continue to be controlled by an economic market consisting exclusively of private sector energy companies that the UK Government will not be able to influence. Did North Sea Oil see significant and sustained reductions in petrol costs to UK consumers in the last few decades? No they didn’t. Thatcher promised the country a “Bonanza” from North Sea Oil. Where is that now?

Incidentally, the main companies which have expressed an interest in exploiting the UK for shale gas are French (Total & GDF Suez) and American / Australian (Quadrillia). Does any sane person expect these companies to plough vast amounts of money back into the UK economy?

And what about the clean-up costs afterwards? In America there are reports of gas companies declaring themselves bankrupt (NYC 4/1/14) when production has finished in order to avoid massive clean-up costs. There are more than 1200 such sites in Wyoming alone. What will stop the same from happening here – Cameron’s personal guarantee?
This government has just forced the EU to abandon stricter controls over fracking because Cameron sees them as a barrier to the industry's profit. By so doing he has announced that he is more interested in pleasing these money-grabbing pirates than protecting the interests of our Nation. In the last few days Cameron has revealed his true hand: pandering to the gas industry and blackmailing councils into accepting fracking as a fait accompli with no regard for the consequences. This Government is morally bankrupt and they don't even try to disguise it any more. Blackmailing councils into accepting fracking applications in return for 100% Business Rates is totally corrupt. Casually dismissing protests as "irrational" is just arrogant and stating that current legislation is sufficiently robust is either delusional or deliberately misleading when one considers that no proper analysis of the effects of fracking in the UK has ever been undertaken. To add insult to injury Cameron is proclaiming that fracking will benefit local communities by bringing down gas prices. This is a blatant falsehood and has been contradicted by Lord Browne, chairman of Quadrillia– the only company currently fracking in the UK – who has stated that UK fracking will not bring down the international price of gas. The figures for the £3.7 Billion a year “Bonanza” that Cameron repeatedly mentions are drawn from only one source: an estimate in a report compiled by Quadrillia (who have were sanctioned by the Advertising Standards Authority in April 2013 for producing misleading information). This proves that the Government have no reliable figures on which to base any meaningful policy. Gas prices are and will continue to be controlled by an economic market consisting exclusively of private sector energy companies that the UK Government will not be able to influence. Did North Sea Oil see significant and sustained reductions in petrol costs to UK consumers in the last few decades? No they didn’t. Thatcher promised the country a “Bonanza” from North Sea Oil. Where is that now? Incidentally, the main companies which have expressed an interest in exploiting the UK for shale gas are French (Total & GDF Suez) and American / Australian (Quadrillia). Does any sane person expect these companies to plough vast amounts of money back into the UK economy? And what about the clean-up costs afterwards? In America there are reports of gas companies declaring themselves bankrupt (NYC 4/1/14) when production has finished in order to avoid massive clean-up costs. There are more than 1200 such sites in Wyoming alone. What will stop the same from happening here – Cameron’s personal guarantee? sourmouth

11:14am Wed 15 Jan 14

sourmouth says...

I heard a quote today which I think sums up the whole fracking situation in a nutshell: "you can't poo in the bath and expect to have clean water"
I heard a quote today which I think sums up the whole fracking situation in a nutshell: "you can't poo in the bath and expect to have clean water" sourmouth

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