Prevent the spread of Fracking

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Prevent the spread of Fracking - With your help, we can prevent the Oil and Gas industry using a 'Trojan Horse' to weaken planning controls to drive fracking right across the UK. We need your support now.

How can you help? This appeal for your support is to help us make a strong case during the ‘Examination in Public’ stage in the adoption of an updated Mineral and Waste Plan dealing with hydrocarbon extraction. We need to engage expert planning consultants to counter the might of the Oil and Gas industry. Every £ contributed will make a difference in stopping the development of fracking in the UK and the recognised adverse impact on our health and environment.

What's the background? Every 20 years, local councils have to write new Minerals & Waste Plans for their area. After a series of consultations over the past 4 years, North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council and the North York Moors National Park Authority have finalised their Joint Minerals and Waste Plan, published in November.

Naturally we do not want Fracking at any price. 
However, this is our last opportunity to limit the impacts of fracking on local residents and the industrialization of our countryside.

Following its publication in November, the Plan will then be reviewed by a Government Planning Inspector during an ‘Examination in Public’  in early 2018. The Oil and Gas Companies will throw every resource at the Examination in Public in order to loosen the planning regulations to allow fracking just about anywhere!

Our objective is to ensure the plan provides adequate yet robust protections
to our existing communities and businesses from the recognised adverse and cumulative effects of this industrial development. For example, the industry wants to use a definition of fracking, which would mean fewer fracks are classified as fracks. The industry’s preferred definition of a frack is one using more than 1000m³ of water. 

The benefit to the Oil and Gas Industry is a reduction in the need to apply for planning permission for more than an estimated 50% of wells. We, however, consider that ‘a frack is a frack’The impacts on local residents, businesses, the environment and the landscape are significant, irrespective of any arbitrary volume.

Once the inspector finally approves the plan, it
will form a blueprint for other planning authorities across the UK
as it will be the first such plan to go through this process since fracking came to the UK. Once this plan is approved, it will be in place for the next 20 years, so your help and support is needed right now.

Thank you, Concerned Residents of Ryedale

Funds – how they will be dealt with  
Caroline Davis is the volunteer campaign manager for this appeal. The campaign manager will withdraw and transfer 100% of the funds by BACS to Frack Free Ryedale (after the GoFundMe fees have been deducted). Using the funds raised, Frack Free Ryedale will pay the invoices of the Planning Consultants & experts engaged to prepare the case on behalf of concerned residents for the Examination in Public. In the unlikely event that any monies raised exceed the amount needed for the Minerals and Waste Joint Plan Examination in Public, the funds will be used by Frack Free Ryedale for further campaigning. The campaign will end when we either a). reach the target or b). reach the date of the Examination in Public, expected to be Feb-Mar 2018 (date to be set), at which point the appeal will be closed.

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Minerals & Waste Joint Plan Examination in Public – what’s happened and what’s next?

Thank you for all your support and messages during the recent three week Examination in Public. A further hearing was held today (Fri 13th April) to look at the key issues where the gas industry disagree with the minerals policy proposed for North Yorkshire, the City of York and the North York Moors National Park. Key points from today’s hearing are available here. https://drillordrop.com/2018/04/13/live-updates-inspector-examines-key-issues-on-fracking-in-north-yorkshire/

What’s next? In closing today’s hearing, the Planning Inspector, Elizabeth Ord LLB (Hons) LLM MA DipTUS, said that this does not mean the conclusion of the Examination in Public. The authorities, the oil & gas industry and Sirius Minerals (potash mine), all took away actions. A further consultation is likely to take place in August for 8 weeks so it’s probably towards the end of the year when the Minerals & Waste Joint Plan will be completed.

In her closing remarks, the Planning Inspector thanked all of the participants and particularly acknowledged their extremely helpful contributions and questions. We thank you for your continued support. We are proud of the individuals who have given up their time to work tirelessly and have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to safeguarding the environment, the landscape, wildlife, and our communities for now and future generations. We also thank all those who observed from the public gallery. There’s still some way to go. We’ll keep you updated. Many thanks, Caroline
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Coming up on Tuesday 13th March is the important day at the Examination in Public for the hydrocarbons (fracking ) section of the Minerals & Waste Joint Plan. There are 30-40 spaces in the public gallery for the public to observe the proceedings. This is a formal meeting and if you’re interested in observing, it will be good to have a quiet, considered, public presence in the gallery. The meeting will be held at The Council Chamber North Yorkshire County Council County Hall Northallerton DL7 8AH. There is visitor parking, and County Hall is just a few minutes' walk from the railway station. Morning sessions start at 10am and afternoon sessions at 2pm. Please allow plenty of time for registration.
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With 15 days still to go! – Target Achieved – A Huge Thank You !

The Minerals and Waste Joint Plan (MWJP)
(North Yorkshire County Council, York City Council and North York Moors National Park Authority): ‘Examination in Public’

Dear All,

Your support for this very important campaign has been fantastic.

We would like to thank everyone who has donated to the appeal since we started the
campaign in November. Also, a big thank you to those who supported this appeal; our video productions, those who shared the campaign with friends and family across social media and other networks. Without your support and encouragement, this would not have been possible.

Together, with the national campaign through GoFundMe, The Resident,
Land and Business Owners of North Yorkshire and Frack Free Ryedale Community Groups, we have received donations and commitments to achieve our overall target of £16,000.

So, what are the next steps?

The Planning Group have, together with our Planning Consultants, submitted our written documents ahead of the 12th February deadline. Now, with the success of the campaign, the Planning Group are able to prepare the evidence for the Examination in Public (EiP).

The EiP sessions will be held between the 27th February and 23rd March. A key date for the team will be the 13th March as this is the date when the hydrocarbons (fracking) section of the plan will be addressed. We will keep you posted about progress.

The EiP will be held at County Hall, Racecourse Lane, Northallerton, DL7 8AD and the meeting is open to the public.

In summary, the contentious issues in the plan include:

1 Separation distance of 500m from receptors (i.e. residential buildings, schools, care homes etc.)
2 Visual buffer of 3.5km around National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Beauty
3 Definition of fracking
4 ‘Special’ local landscapes. The Ryedale Local Plan Strategy must be reflected in the Minerals & Waste Joint Plan
5 Cumulative impacts
6 Traffic
7 Financial bonds

A Big Thank You again on behalf of Frack Free Ryedale Planning Group.

Frank Colenso and Caroline Davis

To follow the Examination in Public, here is the link
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With just 26 days to go, please help us with the final push to hit 100% of our target. If you haven’t done so already please share this update on social media, with colleagues, friends and family.

Our Frack Free Ryedale Planning Group are working round the clock with our Planning Consultants to submit written statements to the Planning Inspector by the 12th February deadline. The Examination in Public (EiP) sessions will be held on:

27 February to 2 March
13 March to 16 March
20 March to 23 March

The important date for the hydrocarbons (fracking) section of the plan, is Tuesday 13th March.
The Inspector will consider that the Plan with respect to legal compliance and/or soundness and has four main roles:

1. to consider whether the Plan has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Co-operate *
2. to consider whether the Plan meets other legal requirements of planning legislation **
3. to consider whether the Plan is sound; and
4. to carry out the Examination with the objective of contributing to the achievement of sustainable development ***
(see footnote for references)

The soundness of the Plan is based upon the four criteria set out in the Framework, namely that the draft Plan is: Positively prepared, Justified, Effective and Consistent with national policy.

The EiP will be held at the Grand Committee Room, North Yorkshire County Council headquarters, County Hall, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8AH.

In summary, the contentious issues in the plan include:
1. Separation distance of 500m from receptors (i.e. residential buildings, schools, care homes etc.)
2. Visual buffer of 3.5km around National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Beauty
3. Definition of fracking
4. ‘Special’ local landscapes. The Ryedale Local Plan Strategy must be reflected in the Minerals & Waste Joint Plan (MWJP)
5. Cumulative impacts/monitoring/financial bonds
6. Traffic

If you would like to read more, we’ve also produced some frequently asked questions http://frackfreeryedale.org/feature/questions-on-the-minerals-and-waste-joint-plan/

As we have said, the main players, INEOS, IGas, Third Energy etc will be all over this MWJP to widen the scope even further. Help us defend the positions we have taken and help restrict this unnecessary industry.

Thank you for all your support, messages, donations and for heightening awareness about the importance and significance of the Minerals & Waste Joint Plan Examination in Public.

Caroline Davis, on behalf of the Frack Free Ryedale Planning Group

* As required by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 as amended by the Localism Act 2011
** The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 as amended, and also whether it meets the requirements of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012
*** As set out in section 39 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004
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