24 May Third Energy wins approval for UK fracking
Third Energy has been given the first approval to frack in the UK since a ban on the process was lifted in 2012.
North Yorkshire County Council voted 7-4 in favour of the application to extract shale gas at Third Energy’s exploration well in Kirby Misperton.
Hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ involves injecting water, sand and chemicals at high pressure into rocks deep underground to unlock trapped gas.
Rasik Valand, Third Energy CEO said: “We will have to deliver on our commitment, made to the committee and to the people of Ryedale, to undertake this operation safely and without impacting on the local environment.”
No fracking has taken place in the UK since 2011 after tests found that the process was the likely cause of earth tremors in Lancashire.
Groups of environmentalists protested outside the planning committee’s meeting this week raising concerns over the drilling potentially contaminating the local water supply and having a detrimental effect on the local area’s tourism and agriculture industries.
The County Council’s approval is significant as it could spell the beginning of a raft of drilling operations across rural England as other companies with natural gas permits apply for approval.