YP Letters: The fracking issue in North Yorkshire, from 
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Fracking protesters on Scarborough's South Bay.
Fracking protesters on Scarborough's South Bay.
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From: Malcolm Hara, The Meadows, Cherry Burton, Beverley.

HERE is my A-Z of fracking.

A Air pollution;

B Benzene causes cancer;

C Climate change;

D Destruction of community and environment;

E Earthquakes;

F Fracking fluid – up to 10,000m3 per well allowed before it is called fracking;

G Greenfield sites used;

H Health issues – lung, skin and nose bleeds;

I Industrialisation;

J Jobs. 17,000 in East Yorkshire directly connected to tourism at risk;

K Kiss goodbye to clean drinking water;

L Lead in petrol, asbestos, smoking were all supposed to be “safe”;

M Methane could react with chlorine in the water to produce a toxic mix;

N Noise 24 hours per day;

O Oklahoma had one earthquake in 2007 – last year there were over 900;

P Property prices to plummet;

Q Queensland, Australia, where the impact on locals has been terrible;

R Ryedale, the area of Yorkshire on the front line;

S Secrecy: what exactly are the chemicals used?

T Traffic, huge amount of HGVs needed to transport waste;

U USA, parts of which are now regretting allowing it;

V Violation of regulations;

W Water – the most precious commodity at risk of contamination;

X Xylene – another toxic chemical;

Y Yorkshire – Don’t destroy it for short term cash;

Z Zero long-term benefits.

From: Sue Cuthbert, Newton on Rawcliffe.

I FEEL very sorry for people like your correspondent David Pasley who seem unable to see the bigger picture regarding fracking (The Yorkshire Post, April 27). The majority of the population of Ryedale and Yorkshire are very concerned about fracking industries starting up, as are many tourists.

In England there are now over 300 groups of people who are opposed to fracking. It is not only Frack Free Ryedale. Mr Pasley omits to talk about the tourist industry in Ryedale or agriculture, both of which will be adversely affected if fracking spreads across our area. Thousands are employed in tourism and agriculture.

He speaks about a “financial windfall”. For whom? £100,000 is peanuts compared to the profits the gas companies will make. How will this money to communities be allocated? It is very divisive, as has been experienced in the United States.

In the US, Queensland, Australia and New Zealand, communities where fracking has been allowed to proliferate, problems with air water and noise pollution have happened.

I lived on Teesside for the first 21 years of my life, an area which was very polluted by industry. After teaching for over 35 years in Wolverhampton, we returned to Yorkshire and chose Ryedale because of its beauty, tranquility and pure air. In my garden, lichens and mosses abound; this is an indicator of unpolluted air.

If gas companies get a foothold in Yorkshire or anywhere else, there will be no stopping them. They will not care about us. This is the reality of the fracking industry.

Magazine founder dies

From: Ian Dewhirst, Raglan Avenue, Fell Lane, Keighley.

I FELT I should let you know that the death has occurred in Driffield of Winston Halstead, aged 82, who early in his journalistic career worked for The Yorkshire Post before moving to East Yorkshire in 1959, to become editor of the Driffield Times.

He had also served earlier with the Brighouse Echo.

In 1964 he founded a Yorkshire magazine, originally called The Ridings but subsequently, for the sake of clarity, The Yorkshire Ridings. This was at first a quarterly but became a monthly. It ran under Mr Halstead’s proprietorship and editorship until 2007, in conjunction with a Lancashire magazine. Both provided an outlet for a generation of Northern writers.

His Ridings Publishing Company issued a varied selection of local history books and the literary dinners and luncheons he hosted in both Yorkshire and Lancashire brought a wide range of well- known personalities to speak.

Mr Halstead also served on the former Driffield Urban District Council of which he was once chairman.

Cry England and St George

From: Edith Heaton, Gargrave, Skipton.

EVERY St George’s Day I display the flag in my window. Many thanks to Qari Asim for his super column (The Yorkshire Post, April 22). We were taught about St George’s Day at school and also William Shakespeare and had a good education, without any interference from the EU.

Chiller at Headingley

From: Thomas Jefferson, Alexandra Court, Bridlington.

I SPENT two days last month at Headingley watching Yorkshire County Cricket Club. It was bitterly cold. I had to go and buy a pair of Leeds Rhinos gloves (worse as I support the Bulls). Why do county cricket fans have to put up with these conditions when the best weather is reserved for Twenty20?