The Fracking Debate

The first real fracking debate in our area has been held in Malton.  You can read an interesting article here

This website has up to date developments at a national level.

There are meetings planned in Husthwaite to discuss an approach and create a greater understanding of what is involved in the issue.  The first being at the Village Hall on Oct 14th @ 7.00pm

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I would welcome a summary from a trustworthy and knowledgeable source - NOT from self-appointed "experts" such as we have had talking nonsense about G.M. food. Yes, there are downsides to Fracking in the beautiful area we live in and I don't like the high-handed way in which licences have been given to all and sundry. But there has been a lot of scare-mongering and misinformation coming out of the USA and we need to hear a balanced view.

Jim Murray

In addition to Andrew's comments, I have been to another public meeting on a completely different topic with our MP and came away with very much the same impression...namely that he likes to be seen to consult, but in practice doesn't seem very interested in genuinely considering what people have to say. That's one of the problems of having such a large majority I think.

Oliver Pickstone

Malton Fracking Meeting- a personal response .......the morning after.
For me, our MP's meeting in Malton was a disappointment, or worse. The big school hall was full and everybody had had to apply for a ticket so it was controlled. It became clear immediately that the intention was to reassure and pacify us.

A series of representatives of regulatory bodies like HSE and the British Geological Survey and the Environment agency all spoke, often inaudibly, about how their agency would regulate the new industry. The geological survey would tell us afterwards what effect fracking had created, which seemed a bit late to me. We were meant to feel in safe hands but the effect, because it was all so heavily bureaucratic and plainly based on hypothetical risk rather than real experience of this industry in our sort of countryside, was the exact reverse. Can you imagine that one agency had as a target that they must try to get the drilling companies to disclose what they put in their hydraulic fracking fluid!!

So it went on until 8.00 when the pre-agreed questions started. The audience was so much more fluent and articulate than the experts and the questions were, I think, devastating.
It was apparent straightaway that the audience were not happy that the big questions like, why on earth are we industrialising a rural area, what are the real long term consequences of injecting chemicals deep into the earth permanently, why are we trying to find more stuff to burn when climate change is already upon us, in whose interest is this really being done, what's the evidence that these schemes are financially viable in the long run.........and so on....all these were being raised but mostly not dealt with well. Responses from the panel to these questions seemed unrehearsed and shamefully weak.

So, big hall, inaudible experts, dimly lit panel, angry residents, and all steered by our MP who was trying vainly not to sound exasperated when people challenged the discipline of the meeting...and the whole thing missing the point that focussing on regulation ignores the much more fundamental questions about whether we should even start the whole process in the first place.
We gave up in frustration at about 20 to 9.00  and came out.
Exhilarating to feel the strength of to our MP for organising it.......very depressing to know that despite that, the Government will probably steamroller it through.

Andrew Coulthard