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Summary

  1. Updates from the second day of the Ryedale fracking meeting will resume at 09:00 on Monday
  2. Live updates on Friday 20 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Andrew Barton

All times stated are UK

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Ryedale fracking meeting: 'Very interesting day' concludes in Northallerton

At the meeting examining proposals to start fracking in North Yorkshire, written contributions have now come to an end and the chairman, Conservative councillor Peter Sowray, has adjourned proceedings until 09:30 on Monday morning.

Concluding, Councillor Sowray said it had been a "very interesting" day and thanked all the contributors.

He added that those councillors who will make their final decision next week will have "many thoughts buzzing around their heads" this weekend, and said it had been "a very good day".

So, that's it from us too. We'll be back from 09:00 on Monday as we report live from the second day of proceedings at County Hall in Northallerton when it's expected a final decision on the plans for Kirby Misperton will be made.

Diminished crowds at County Hall as day one comes to an end

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

The number of protestors against fracking has now dramatically reduced at Northallerton County Hall's lawn. It was, of course, packed with hundreds of people earlier.

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Ryedale fracking meeting: Written submissions now being heard

'The river bubbles with methane:' An Australian's appeal to fracking planning committee

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

I've just been speaking to Vanessa Charters who spoke passionately against fracking at the meeting in Northallerton today discussing plans for fracking near Kirby Misperton.

She grew up in Australia where there already is a fracking industry.

She says she attended today's meeting so she could relate to the committee the "devastation sustained in Australia as a result of the fracking industry".

She told me she grew up in Queensland in the 1970s, in the Murray-Darling Basin, an area very much like Yorkshire - a place where people visited for very "beautiful picturesque, water based holidays".

But she says now the Condamine River there "bubbles with methane gas as a result of the fracking that's taken place around it".

Watch: Kirby Misperton fracking meeting live

Councillors in North Yorkshire are meeting to consider plans to start fracking on a site near Kirby Misperton.

The County Council's planning committee is meeting at County Hall in Northallerton

You can view the agenda and the report for the meeting here and you can watch proceedings as they happen right here:

View more on youtube

'Up to 3,000 wells needed': Councillor spells out view of impact of fracking in North Yorkshire

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

Chris Pickles, a parish Councillor from Ryedale's Gilling East, has just told committee members he believes fracking in Ryedale would necessitate creating 2-3,000 wells in North Yorkshire during the 20-year lifecycle of the industry.

Ryedale
BBC

Ryedale fracking meeting: Objectors continue to be voiced

Ryedale fracking meeting now under way once again

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The meeting at County Hall in Northallerton discussing proposals for fracking in Ryedale is now back in session again.

Ryedale fracking meeting: Police thank protestors for peaceful co-operation

Ryedale fracking meeting: Short break now under way

Frack Free Ryedale voice safety concerns: 'Proposed well site will put pedestrians and cyclists at risk'

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

Frack Free Rydale have been given 87 minutes at today's meeting at County Hall to voice their concerns over the plans for fracking at Kirby Misperton.

During this time, planners were shown a video of an example of noise associated with a fracking site.

One member of the group told the committee that Frack Free Ryedale's expert analysis shows there will be risks around a proposed well site located on a "minor unclassified" road for "people unused to the road, walkers and cyclists".

The planners were also made aware of concerns in the area for cycling, especially in view of Ryedale's hopes of hosting part of the Tour de Yorkshire next year.

Katie Atkinson, from the group, said developments should give priority to "pedestrians and cyclists - and that impact of traffic will be severe"

She added she was aware "HGV movements will be worse in the early stages of fracking", but pointed out that there "will still be HGVs on roads after that".

Ryedale fracking meeting: Worries over HGV impact on Kirby Misperton

Fracking plans would result in 'very notable change' to Kirby Misperton - Frack Free Ryedale

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Frack Free Ryedale's consultant has been taking North Yorkshire County Council's committee members through the impact on local residents if the Kirby Misperton fracking plans get the go-ahead.

Councillors were told there would be a "significant impact on the landscape if the proposal goes ahead", as a result of the site boundary fence and mechanical drilling rigs.

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BBC

Kieran Sheehan, from Frack Free Ryedale, said there's "no doubt there'd be an increase in traffic which would will create a very notable change in the views from homes in Kirby Misperton".

Mr Sheehan also said he believed there were gaps and inconsistencies in the environmental statement and that there could only be "adverse affects created by building a site next to a public right of way and a water course".

Ryedale fracking meeting: Scenes outside County Hall

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

The crowd outside the Ryedale fracking meeting at County Hall has thinned out somewhat from this morning:

Crowd
BBC
Crowd
BBC

Ryedale fracking meeting: The afternoon so far

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

I'm at County Hall in Northallerton for the Kirby Misperton fracking meeting where councillors are considering plans to start fracking on a site near the village.

We've continued to hear from people opposing fracking this afternoon: from local businesses who think they'll struggle to attract people to live and work in North Yorkshire if fracking goes ahead, to very emotional and tearful speeches from residents in Kirby Misperton.

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering also gave a speech looking at the reliance of the local economy on tourism and the damage fracking could do. She said the committee was being asked to do too much on trust and urged them to reject or delay the decision.

The meeting is expected to continue until about 19:00 and will continue into Monday, when we will hear from people in support of the application to frack in Ryedale. 

Ryedale fracking meeting: Protestors make their views clear

As the meeting continues in County Hall, Northallerton, discussing the proposed start of fracking in Kirby Misperton, here are some more shots from outside today as protestors made known their views on the plans:

Protest
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Protest
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Fracking meeting latest: Concerns over inconsistencies in surveys for protected species

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Matt Farrelly, from Frack Free Ryedale, has just raised concerns over inconsistencies he says exist in surveys for bats and amphibians in the area proposed for fracking.

Mr Farrelly told the committee that "surveys have been put back which were supposed to take place last summer, but haven't taken place".

He also said "no protected species surveys have been undertaken" and that "all the evidence is based on desk studies".

He added: "No-one has actually bothered to go and have a look."

Background: Kirby Misperton fracking proposals

As councillors meet to decide whether proposals to carry out fracking on a site at Kirby Misperton should go ahead, here's a little background to the plans.

Fracking site
Third Energy
  • An application to frack was submitted by Third Energy to North Yorkshire County Council last year
  • A consultation on the plans received 4,000 representations from objectors
  • report to the planning committee last week recommended the project should go ahead
  • The report said Third Energy's plans would help to provide for the nation's energy needs and safeguarding measures would be put in place to protect the environment
  • Last month, the Environment Agency granted the energy firm a permit to frack at the site
  • Campaigners have raised concerns fracking will lead to the pollution of ground water and the possibility of triggering earthquakes

Watch: Kirby Misperton fracking meeting live

Councillors in North Yorkshire are meeting to consider plans to start fracking on a site near Kirby Misperton.

The County Council's planning committee is meeting at County Hall in Northallerton

You can view the agenda and the report for the meeting here and you can watch proceedings as they happen right here:

View more on youtube

Ryedale fracking meeting under way again in Northallerton

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The meeting at County Hall in Northallerton discussing proposals for fracking in Ryedale is now back in session again.

Representatives of Frack Free Ryedale are now preparing to speak with a presentation.

Ryedale fracking meeting: Protestors arriving from far and wide

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

Protestors from across the Pennines are here supporting campaigners against fracking in Ryedale

Bus
BBC

And a little while ago anti-fracking campaigners from as far away as Surrey took to the stage.

Protestors
BBC

Ryedale fracking meeting: Baroness McIntosh voices fears over water contamination

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

Just before the break, Baroness McIntosh of Pickering, the former MP for the area, spoke against the fracking proposals for Kirby Misperton.

She told the committee she believes they are being asked to take "too much on trust".

She said there is "insufficient evidence that the waste water disposal plan and the waste material disposal plan are fit for purpose".

Anne Mcintosh
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Baroness McIntosh then told councillors that in winter "pipes will burst and will contaminate the ground water supply".

She asked the committee: "Given the scale of industrialisation, would they recommend people come and visit if fracking goes ahead?"

Short break at Ryedale fracking meeting

Ryedale fracking meeting: Committee hears of loss of views, fear of noise and the USA experience

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

In the last few minutes, the committee at County Hall in Northallerton listening to appeals against granting permission to allow fracking in Kirby Misperton have heard from local residents, a member of another protest group and have been told of the experince of fracking in the USA.

Tom Farrell retired to Snainton recently and he asked: "What will happen to beautiful views and recreational facilities I came for?"

Garza Tarjanyi, from Frack-Free Lancashire, told the committee they are in a "unique position to digest what they have heard over weekend".

And Robert Laycock told councillors he had heard from people in Pennsylvania, where the fracking noise "keeps them awake at night and the landscape has become industrialised". 

Mr Laycock added: "No-one in Ryedale wants fracking. The people who want it have come from elsewhere and are imposing it on North Yorkshire."

Listen: Fears businessess will be stop investing if Ryedale fracking goes ahead

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

At the meeting in Northallerton discussing proposals to start fracking near Kirby Misperton, I've been speaking to Gordon Gunn, a manufacturer in Ryedale.

He's told me his company, Sylatech, and other companies in the area, will struggle to attract outside investment if fracking goes ahead. This is what he's had to say:

Drumming up support in Northallerton against fracking

Sarah Urwin

BBC Radio York News

These protestors are definitely making themselves heard!

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Tears shed during Kirby Misperton fracking meeting

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

Susan Rayment, a resident of Kirby Misperton, was in tears a short time ago as she gave evidence to the North Yorkshire County Council committee considering fracking at a site nearby.

She said she's concerned about the noise from the proposed site.

Ryedale fracking meeting: Fears over drop in visitor numbers

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

Speaking at the Ryedale fracking meeting, contributor Anne says she relies on work at nearby Flamingo Land.

She says she's worried about an increase in traffic on the roads and is concerned fracking will have an impact on visitor numbers at the attraction.

Anne says fracking will seriously affect tourism, impact wildlife at Flamingo land and affect public health. She says agency workers like her will suffer.

Ryedale fracking meeting: 'Majority' of local residents against plans

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

David Adam, a resident of Ryedale, tells councillors at the meeting considering proposals to start fracking at Kirby Misperton that he'll spend his time talking about democracy.

He says the majority of people living in the area are against the plans.

Mr Adam finishes saying vested interest of companies behind fracking is profit/interest while those who live here want to protect environment. 

Ryedale fracking meeting: Pro- and anti- views to be heard during proceedings

Gemma Dillon

Political Reporter, BBC Radio York

This planning committee meeting at County Hall in Northallerton looking at plans to start fracking near Ryedale got under way at about 09:30, chaired by Conservative councillor Peter Sowray.

Fracking meeting
PA

A report from the authority's planning department recommended the application from Third Energy to frack at Kirby Misperton is approved. 

That is only a recommendation, though, and the decision rests with the 11 councillors on the planning committee,consisting of seven Conservative members, one Labour member, one Lib Dem and two Independents. 

About 100 public speakers have registered to speak. We're expecting to hear from those against the application today, and on Monday we'll hear from 14 speakers in favour of the application.

Watch: Kirby Misperton fracking meeting live

Councillors in North Yorkshire are meeting to consider plans to start fracking on a site near Kirby Misperton.

The County Council's planning committee is meeting at County Hall in Northallerton

You can view the agenda and the report for the meeting here and you can watch proceedings as they happen right here:

View more on youtube

Ryedale fracking meeting back under way in Northallerton

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The meeting at County Hall in Northallerton discussing proposals for fracking in Ryedale is now back in session.

We'll bring you the latest from there as it happens.

Background: Kirby Misperton fracking proposals

As councillors meet to decide whether proposals to carry out fracking on a site at Kirby Misperton should go ahead, here's a little background to the plans.   

Proposed fracking site
PA
  • An application to frack was submitted by Third Energy to North Yorkshire County Council last year
  • A consultation on the plans received 4,000 representations from objectors
  • report to the planning committee last week recommended the project should go ahead
  • The report said Third Energy's plans would help to provide for the nation's energy needs and safeguarding measures would be put in place to protect the environment
  • Last month, the Environment Agency granted the energy firm a permit to frack at the site
  • Campaigners have raised concerns fracking will lead to the pollution of ground water and the possibility of triggering earthquakes

Why is fracking controversial?

The extensive use of fracking in the US, where it has revolutionised the energy industry, has prompted environmental concerns.

Anti-fracking protest in Preston
Reuters

Fracking uses huge amounts of water, which must be transported to the fracking site, at significant environmental cost.

Environmentalists say potentially carcinogenic chemicals used may escape and contaminate groundwater around the fracking site. The industry suggests pollution incidents are the results of bad practice, rather than an inherently risky technique.

There are also worries that the fracking process can cause small earth tremors.

Campaigners say that fracking is simply distracting energy firms and governments from investing in renewable sources of energy, and encouraging continued reliance on fossil fuels.

Watch: How does fracking actually work?

As councillors meet in North Yorkshire to consider proposals to start fracking on a site near Kirby Misperton, the BBC's David Shukman explains just how fracking works:  

What is fracking?

As councillors in North Yorkshire meet to discuss whether to give the green light to plans by Third Energy to start fracking at a site near Kirby Misperton, you might be forgiven for asking what exactly is fracking?

Fracking graphic
bbc

Put simply, fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside.

Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well.

The process can be carried out vertically or, more commonly, by drilling horizontally to the rock layer and can create new pathways to release gas or can be used to extend existing channels.

The term fracking refers to how the rock is fractured apart by the high pressure mixture. Find out more here.

Ryedale fracking meeting adjourned for lunch

Andrew Barton

BBC Local Live, York

The meeting at County Hall in Northallerton discussing proposals for fracking in Ryedale has now been adjourned for a break.

It will recommence at about 13:50 - and we'll bring you all the latest from there as it happens.

Ryedale fracking meeting: Vivienne Westwood statement

More on the news that fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has pulled out of the anti-fracking protest outside County Hall in Northallerton due to illness.

Vivienne Westwood
BBC

She sent a statement which was read out by Donna Hume, a Friends of the Earth campaigner.

In her statement, Dame Vivienne said: "I am sending my support to all of you in Northallerton. We are fighting one of the most important fights in the UK today - the fight to keep the country frack-free. 

"We are taking on a rich and powerful industry, supported by the government, and we are winning."

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