YP Letters: A seven-year-old’s view on fracking decision

Demonstrators outside County Hall in Northallerton where North Yorkshire County councillors gave the green light to fracking.
Demonstrators outside County Hall in Northallerton where North Yorkshire County councillors gave the green light to fracking.
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From: Katie Ward, aged seven, Brandsby, North Yorkshire.

I WAS at the rally at Northallerton with my Mum. The things that some people said were unbelievable and I was glad I was there to say ‘no’. When me and my Mum got home we watched the news. When we found out it was a ‘yes’ (to fracking), I cried because I really wanted it to be a ‘no’ and I knew that lots of other people out there wanted a ‘no’ too. I felt very upset and sad and a little bit scared in my tummy.

When they drill two miles below the ground, it’s going to make our air dirty with gas, pollute our water and might hurt the animals that drink and live in the rivers. I live in a beautiful place and I do not want it spoiling! I also don’t want a huge drilling rig right next to mine or anybody else’s home. It will be very noisy and it will spoil the countryside and might make me ill. It will also scare off all the wildlife.

We do not want trucks clogging up the villages and towns. I like doing walks, biking and riding in the woods and on the roads.

Fracking will make this very dangerous with all the trucks! Almost my whole family lives on farms and they are all against fracking. They love our countryside and they help keep it beautiful.

We want it to stay that way!