Second public consultation for Yorkshire fracking

The Environment Agency is launching a second period of consultation for fracking at a site in North Yorkshire. Local residents have been invited to submit information on the draft permits […]

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The Environment Agency is launching a second period of consultation for fracking at a site in North Yorkshire.

Local residents have been invited to submit information on the draft permits for Third Energy’s proposals for shale gas exploration.

The Environment Agency is willing to issue the permits following a rigorous environmental assessment of the proposed activities. This includes taking into account all of the comments made in the first consultation which closed in August.

The draft permits set out conditions needed to protect groundwater, surface water and air quality and to ensure the safe storage, management and disposal of wastes.

If the permits are issued, Third Energy would have to follow these conditions to ensure operations do not cause harm to people or the environment.

Ben Hocking, Yorkshire Oil and Gas Programme Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Our regulatory controls for onshore oil and gas are in place to protect people and the environment. We will not permit activities that pose an unacceptable risk.

“This further stage of consultation gives the public and interested groups an opportunity to see our decision making process and have their say on the draft environmental permits.”

The consultation will run from 2nd December until 15th January.

The government recently pledged to back fracking in the Spending Review and the final decision on whether fracking in Lancashire should proceed or not is to be made by Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.