May 8 Letters: Genuine concerns over fracking

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From: Steven White, Great Edstone, York.

If John Dewar at Third Energy (The Yorkshire Post, May 1) really wants meaningful dialogue with the people of Ryedale about his plans to frack up to 950 gas wells here, he needs to acknowledge that there is serious and genuine concern from Ryedale residents, as indicated by the huge turnout at Malton’s “Rally for a Frack Free Ryedale” on April 25.

Repeatedly claiming that protestors have been “bussed in” from outside the area – as he did when giving evidence before Parliament, concerning Ryedale District Council’s “Unpacking Fracking” debate in February, and as he has now done for the rally itself – and then declaring dubious sources of evidence for such claims, makes you wonder whether he is telling the truth when he says his approach to fracking will be cleaner, safer and less disruptive than it has been anywhere else in the world.

From: Anne Stewart, Helmsley.

WE have seen and heard from people who have been affected by the results of “fracking”. All these people had been assured it was fine. But it wasn’t. Why are Third Energy doing it? To make money. No other reason.

From: Wendy Cross, Beverley.

JOHN Dewar’s article about fracking seeks to reassure. For me it has the effect of alarming and warning me. I live in an area of East Yorkshire which has already experienced problems associated with Mr Dewar’s industry: householders have had significant damage to property after seismic testing; a drilling well has been abandoned after fire; noxious smells have pervaded homes; concrete now blights large areas of the countryside which owls, brown hares and skylarks inhabited.

At another site close by, the land is already being groomed with sturdy fencing for the next desecration of our beautiful East Riding landscape, in advance of planning permission being granted next month. This copies the pattern elsewhere in the world: drill, find a problem, shut up shop and leave your damaging mess behind – then hop to the next site. An aerial view of the gasfields of Southern Queensland tells the sorry tale.

Problems seen elsewhere “won’t apply in Ryedale” says Mr Dewar. Even his colleagues within the industry say there are unknowns.

We are told in this article that waste from fracking “will be transported to an Environment Agency approved facility...”

This sounds more chilling than reassuring. A regular motorcade of such transport with be another dangerous blight on this area and its people.

From: Paul Morgan, Barton-Upon-Humber.

I WAS interested in the letter from Chris Redston, of Frack Free Ryedale (The Yorkshire Post, May 4). Not because of his views on fracking as such – I’m neither persuaded by the shrill protests of the antis, or the glib assurances of the pros – but more for his comments on industrialisation of the countryside.

In seems to me that many in the country want to have it both ways. They complain that there are no jobs for the young, no affordable housing, and a lack of services. However when a development is proposed that might bring jobs or housing, protest groups immediately form opposed to the development. So what do they want?

There has always been some industry in the countryside, mineral extraction and processing being just one such example. Indeed, the remains of such industry, such as that in around Rosedale, is now looked upon as part of our industrial heritage to be preserved. Some development has to be allowed to enable the countryside to thrive, it cannot do so on farming and tourism alone.

Who knows, in generations to come, people may look upon the remains of fracking, for example, as part of their industrial heritage, and seek to preserve it.

From: Rosalind Field, Gilling East, York.

MY observation at the April 25 rally was that no more than perhaps 40 or so people were from outside Ryedale – a small percentage of 700 plus.

An increasing number of Ryedale people are very concerned about Third Energy’s plans and not re-assured by their inaccurate and airy dismissal of questions.

Tour deserved more coverage

From: Ronald Hanson, Golcar, Huddersfield.

I THOUGHT that Yorkshire was going to get a lot of help to be able to become a world player. I do not think that Britain’s television broadcasting company thinks along those lines.

Although my wife and myself live less than a quarter of a mile from the hardest climb on the Tour de Yorkshire route (Cote de Scapegoat Hill), as my wife is disabled there was no way we could go up and watch.

We were very much looking forward to watching the tour climbing from Slaithwaite up to Scape on television but could not find a television company covering it from the start which for us was very disappointing.

Didn’t the BBC think Yorkshire is important enough to have another chance be shown to the world? Once more, very disappointed.

From: Karl Sheridan, Selby Road, Holme on Spalding Moor

WHAT a great day Saturday was for those villages and towns en route of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race. Hardly ever mentioned, our village of Holme on Spalding Moor rose to the occasion and ran out bunting and flags and spectators came from far and wide. Well done to all involved, it made our day.

From: Tim Mickleburgh, Boulevard Avenue, Grimsby.

In the aftermath of the successful Tour de Yorkshire, the chief of executive of Welcome to Yorkshire says there are “four things in our DNA: Yorkshire beer, fish and chips, cricket and now cycling”. But what about Yorkshire Tea?