Socialist Worker

Protesters in North Yorkshire want facts not fracking

by Kim Hunter
Issue No. 2465

Protesters at Barclays bank in Scarborough

Protesters at Barclays bank in Scarborough (Pic: Frack Free Ryedale)

Around 400 people attended a Facts Before Fracks meeting about the appalling health impact of fracking in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, on Wednesday of last week.

Some 20 people protested outside Barclays Bank in Scarborough the following Saturday against the bank’s ownership of companies including Third Energy.

Third Energy wants to develop a gas field of up to 1,000 wells in the Ryedale area. These would drill through the aquifer that gives fresh water to a huge part of northern England.

A planning application for the first well has gone in, but local people are not taking it lying down.

Pass motions calling on your unions locally and nationally to actively campaign with community groups against fracking.

The government will soon start issuing the second and third tranches of fracking licenses. If we act now we can head them off.

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