Letter: Fracking - Think on, it may be our turn next

Fracking rigs like this one are a common site in America.
Fracking rigs like this one are a common site in America.
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Needless to say, the activity in Ryedale was referenced as that is where fracking in Yorkshire is targeted to occur first.

Nevertheless, it does impact on the rest of not only the county but the country. The subject is, therefore, important to all of us.

May I comment on just two points (there are more) in the item in last week’s Advertiser under the heading Councillors urged to back call to ban fracking.

First, the comment by Malton MP Kevin Hollinrake “..suggesting he wants to see a minimum distance of a mile between fracking sites and homes”.

In the context of Mr Hollinrake’s comment the fracking site becomes secondary to the fact that the hydraulic fracturing process (fracking) occurs underground and generally extends at least a mile, and more often further, from “the site” in numerous directions.

The damage from fracking arises not only from surface activity but, perhaps more significantly, underground.

Secondly, Third Energy, the Barclays Bank owned fracking company, chooses to mislead readers by implying that the production of gas at its Kirby Misperton site is where “gas has been produced for over two decades, discretely and safely..” relates in some way to fracking. It does not and what they do not say is that fracking, as now proposed, has not been practised at the site, or anywhere else in Yorkshire, and there is ample available evidence to show that fracking will not, in fact, be carried out either “discretely or safely”.

Show support for the people of Ryedale and ‘think on’, as they say, it may be our turn sooner than we care to think.

John Lawrence

Euclid Avenue,

Harrogate