Frack Free YorkJune 25, 2014action, governmentComments Off on Infrastructure Bill will allow sale of land, fracking, nuclear without consent
What’s included in the Bill?
The proposed Infrastructure Bill mandates that local councils relinquish 90% of their brownfield land to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Brownfield sites are previously developed sites that have become vacant, contaminated but could be reused and include arks, playing fields, allotments, woodlands, public facilities and village greens.
Frack Free YorkApril 23, 2014EventsComments Off on FrackFree York in town Saturday 26th April
We are please to announce that on the 26th of April, FrackFree York will be running a stall in the centre of York. We are pleased to be collaborating with York Greenpeace who will be running their Not For Shale stall alongside us and we will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have regarding Fracking, possible changes to the trespass law and environmental issues.
We will have our petition to City of York Council on-hand, so if you wish you, you may sign this also.
We will be in town from 11:00 until 15:00, so why not pop along and say hello?
Frack Free YorkApril 9, 2014UncategorizedComments Off on York & North Yorkshire’s Minerals Plan: last few days to respond
The latest phase of consultation on the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan for the City of York, North Yorkshire and the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, who together make up our local Minerals Planning Authority, closes this Friday (11 April) at 5pm.
At this stage the consultation is putting out for responses to a number of ‘issues and options’ including shale gas, coal bed methane and underground coal gasification – all methods of extreme energy extraction.
For all those who are concerned about the impacts of extreme energy extraction, this consultation represents a massive opportunity to influence the planning framework. The final Minerals and Waste Plan and the policies it contains will be the benchmark by which any future planning applications for fracking and unconventional gas in our area will be accepted or rejected. If we can prevent (or at least make as difficult as possible) the approval of planning applications for exploration or development sites, this will put a significant barrier in the path of the UK fracking industry.
Have your say! The plan document for consultation is a mammoth 368 pages long, but the key questions to respond to on fracking are questions 70 and 71 (chapter 5, sections 5.124 and 5.136). We think that the options presented do not go far enough, and the plan should incorporate a policy against fracking within the plan area, at least until a regulatory framework is in place that can guarantee:
the long-term monitoring, maintenance and decommissioning of wells.
We would encourage policy that required Environmental Impact Assessments as standard, the application of the precautionary principle and the setting of the site boundaries in 3-D (thereby extending the site boundary in the case of horizontal drilling).
The whole document is very vague about unconventional gas. After you have responded to the specific questions 70 and 71, make as much use as you can of the response form’s invitation to Further Comments.
Frack Free YorkFebruary 20, 2014UncategorizedComments Off on New fracking site: fracking on the sly near Hull
Rathlin Energy, who has previously appeared to be just exploring for conventional oil and gas, is trying to sneak through plans to begin fracking at 2 sites 10 miles from Hull, East Yorkshire. Two supposedly conventional wells were drilled last summer which also go deeper than their conventional targets, to core sample the Bowland Shale.
Now Rathlin want to return to the wells to do more testing and is applying for Environment Agency permits (Mining Waste Operations and Radioactive Substances Activity) that would allow it to conduct two ‘mini-fracs’, producing 100,000 gallons of radioactive waste and flaring 5 million cubic feet of gas per day.