Ministers to override local councils on fracking applications


The government has announced measures to take decisions on fracking plans out of local authority hands. It will also consider ruling where companies appeal against a refusal of planning permission.

A statement this morning by the Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd, and the Communities’ Secretary, Greg Clark, said shale gas applications would be “fast-tracked” through what they described as a “new, dedicated planning process”.

The statement said the Communities’ Secretary would “actively consider calling in on a case by case basis shale planning applications”. The government would also identify councils that were said to “repeatedly fail” to determine oil and gas applications with the 16-week statutory time-frame. Applications by these councils could be determined by the Communities’ Secretary in future. (more…)

Rathlin to abandon exploratory well site at Crawberry Hill


Yesterday, Rathlin Energy announced that it will cease exploratory work at its well site at Crawberry Hill in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

In their statement, Rathlin Energy cited the low oil price, costs of testing and the low probability of commercial success as reasons for the withdrawal. (more…)

Frack Free Scarborough host first meeting

On 2nd July 2015, Frack Free Scarborough held their fist public meeting. Our founder and former chair, John Cossham, attended the meeting to lend his support.

Videos of the meeting can be found below:

Part 1


Third Energy have applied to frack in Kirby Misperton

KM8 Planning notice

Third Energy UK Gas Limited have applied to North Yorkshire County Council for planning permission to hydraulically stimulate and test various geological formations at KMA well site, Alma Farm in Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire. (more…)

Frack Free York AGM 13 May

All are welcome to Frack Free York’s next AGM, which will be held on Wednesday 13th May, in the wood room at Ye Olde Starre Inn pub in York town centre.

Arrive 7pm onwards for a 7.30pm start (ending approx 9.30pm). Anyone can attend, but you need to be a member in order to vote on anything. Food will be available to buy from the bar.

Frackety Yak thank you

(Video credit: Dave Marris)

Thank you to everyone involved

On Friday 20 March, Frack-Free York held a benefit gig to help us raise money to combat fracking. The evening was a great success and we would like to thank everyone involved:

  • Thank you to all our performers for donating your time and your talent to provide us all with excellent entertainment
  • Thank you to everyone who helped with organising and publicising the event
  • Thank you to the Fulford Arms for having us
  • And a big thank you to everyone who attended.


Frackety Yak! 20 March

Frackity Yak event poster

Come and join us for an evening of entertainment and fun, music and merriment…bands, interactive poetry, Food not Bombs and more!

When:  Friday 20th March from 7.30 pm
Where: Fulford Arms, Fulford Road, York


Frack Free York supports Global Divestment Day with Barclays protest

On Friday 13th February, Frack-Free York participated in a protest outside Barclays bank in York to support the international ‘Global Divestment Day’ movement.

Members of Frack-Free York were on hand to privide information about fracking and divestment, as well as information about Barclays and Third Energy. The highlight of the day was when Frack-Free York member Kit Bennett (32) actively divested from fossil fuels, by closing his bank account with Barclays. (more…)