PROTESTERS at an anti-fracking camp erected close to one of only two UK sites to be given the go-ahead to start the controversial gas extraction technique have said they are drawing a “line in the sand”.
The camp began when activists moved on to private farmland near Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire, just before Christmas, after the High Court rejected a legal move to stop plans for fracking at a well to the south-west of the village.
A handful of campers braved Christmas Day outside and the sub-zero temperatures which have followed but they say hundreds more people have come to show their support at the site over the last week from the local area and around the country.
Ryedale fracking: Protest camp has ‘national focus’
Protesters at a camp set up near a site given the go-ahead for fracking say they want to turn the site into the “national focus” for campaigning.
Third Energy was granted planning permission to extract shale gas in Kirby Misperton, Ryedale, in May, with a High Court challenge failing.
Activists moved on to private farmland near the site just before Christmas.
Third Energy said its operations would be developed in a “safe, discreet and environmentally-sensitive way”.
It intends to frack an existing well – KM 8 – to establish whether gas can be commercially extracted, but the company has not yet indicated when it intends to begin the tests.
High Court Judgement:
Friends of the Earth Ltd & Frack Free Ryedale -v- North Yorkshire County Council
Frack Free Ryedale: http://frackfreeryedale.org/