North Yorkshire Communities Hold Off Fracking At Kirby Misperton
Fracking company Third Energy is withdrawing equipment it had previously brought onto at its Kirby Misperton site in North Yorkshire, to save money while it struggles to obtain final permission to carry out hydraulic fracturing tests. The company has significant financial difficulties which are stopping it from meeting some financial conditions need for final hydraulic fracturing consent. Ongoing community resistance to the company’s planning are continuing to delay and ramp up its costs.
Third Energy is planning to carry out hydraulic fracturing tests on the KM8 well at its Kirby Misperton site in North Yorkshire, which it previously drilled through the Bowland Shale. The company plans to initially target tight sandstone layers within the Bowland Shale (so called tight gas). This unconventional extraction is very similar to shale gas, with the same impacts at the surface, and is a step on the way to exploiting the shale itself.
Communities across North Yorkshire and beyond have been resisting this threat for years, and the latest developments are a welcome sign of the effects of the campaign. These tests would be the first step in a process which could see thousands of fracking well spreading across North Yorkshire if not stopped. Third Energy’s is attempting to gather data which would allow it to gain further investment to push these plans forward. Support the community in Kirby Misperton if you can!
For information on how to get to Kirby Misperton see the Kirby Misperton Community Fracking Blockade.