ANTI-FRACKING campaigners vowed yesterday to continue their battle to stop gas extraction in the Yorkshire Dales, writes Peter Lazenby.
Tory North Yorkshire County Council planning committee gave the go-ahead last week to company Third Energy to start fracking outside a village in rural Ryedale at a site labelled KM8.
However councillors received 4,375 letters of objection, and just 36 in favour.
Great and Little Barugh Parish Council chairwoman Sarah Houlston said: “This is an abject failure of local democracy and it is clear to everyone that Third Energy has no social licence to frack in Ryedale.”
Campaigners said there were 19 potential fracking sites in Ryedale. Each site can have 10 to 50 wells, and 120-feet-high-drilling rigs.
A spokesman for campaign group Frack Free Ryedale said: “This polluting and dangerous industry is both a local and a national fight, and if fracking is allowed to start in Ryedale, KM8 could be the first of thousands of fracking wells across the country — industrialising our countryside, destroying secure rural jobs, causing climate change and threatening our health, water supplies, wildlife and peaceful day-to-day country life.