North Yorkshire validates fracking application

North Yorkshire County Council has validated a planning application to hydraulically fracture a site by Third Energy. 

The application to frack at Kirby Misperton will now undergo a period of public consultation before planning officers make a recommendation to the planning committee.

The KM8 application is an extension of the company’s operations in Ryedale, which go back more than 20 years. 

The company claim the entire project should take no more than six weeks and each hydraulic fracture will only last for around five hours.

John Dewar, operations director at Third Energy, said: “Our application for operations at the existing KM8 well at Kirby Misperton will receive more scrutiny because of the high public interest. 

“However, operations will be for a shorter duration and involve less noise and less traffic than many of the wells we have already drilled and completed safely in the area. The fracking process itself only lasts for a few hours, and then the well will perform in exactly the same way as our existing wells which have operated safely and unnoticed for the last two decades.”

“I would encourage people to judge our application based on facts provided by leading independent consultants, rather than rumours spread on the internet. 

“As always, our door remains open for people to come and talk to us if they have any questions. We are confident we can deliver this project discreetly, safely and with minimum environmental impact, as we have done with all of our projects for the last 20 years,” added Mr Dewar.

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues