York MP Visits Kirby Misperton Protection Camp
York Central MP, Rachael Maskell visited the Kirby Misperton Protection Camp on Saturday, making clear her support for the campaign against fracking. The camp was established in December 2016 in response to Third Energy’s plans to frack a shale gas well in the village of Kirby Misperton in Ryedale.
At the camp Rachael Maskell met members of Frack Free Ryedale and Frack Free York, as well as protectors staying at the camp. She shared their concers about the harm fracking would cause and said, “Kirby Misperton is on the front line in the national fight against fracking. There were over 4,000 objections to the planning application, over 99% of all respondents, all of whom were completely ignored. If politicians do not listen to the voices of local residents, then they are left with no choice but to take direct action and protect their environment, and then have their say at the ballot box come the election.”
Frack Free York member and York Central constituent Kit Bennett said, “I’m thankful for all the support that Rachael has given to our campaign for a clean energy future for the UK. Fracking poses a serious threat to the blossoming agricultural and tourism industries of North Yorkshire.”