15 December 2017

Deputy Leader of the Green Party Amelia Womack says that campaigners are winning the fight to stop fracking for good after her visit with local Greens, including Cllr D’Agorne, to the proposed fracking site at Kirby Misperton on Friday.

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A decision to allow fracking to start at the Yorkshire site was expected last month but the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark, who has faced heavy lobbying from campaigners, has delayed giving the green light. Womack believes a vital point in the fight to stop fracking across the UK has been reached as momentum is now with environmental protesters.

Womack said: “To the people on the frontline against fracking in Yorkshire, Lancashire, and across the country I say thank you and just look at what you have achieved. A delay of even a few days or weeks might not seem like a great deal but it is so so important. It shows hesitation on the government’s part. It’s given us more space to make the arguments against fracking. It shows we are winning.

“We might look back at this moment in future as a time when the tide turned against the frackers. I’m looking forward to thanking you in person and to being with you once again in the fight to stop fracking.”

Both Cuadrilla and Third Energy have faced legal challenges against their attempts to frack in Lancashire and Yorkshire respectively [2]. Local residents have raised concerns that the companies are not carrying out necessary environmental monitoring. At Preston New Road in Lancashire, residents are angry that night working is now proposed to try to reduce the impact of protests.

Cllr D’Agorne said “There was very little activity going on within the fracking site on Friday, with only three security guards and a couple of police liaison officers present at the gates. But while Third Energy appear to have paused operations residents in the Strensall, Wiggington and Haxby areas are on the lookout for INEOS surveyors who are known to be considering fracking in the area in 2018. Greens will be stepping up campaign activity in the area, urging local farmers and residents to keep a look out for suspicious activity that could indicate the start of survey work.”