YP Letters: Ryedale MP fails those who have to live with fracking

From: Anne Nightingale, Station Road, Helmsley.

A fracking protest at Knapton.

HAVING lived and worked in Ryedale most of my life, I feel connected to the landscape around me. And I don’t want to see it changed or damaged in any way by fracking.

The strong evidence that is coming out of US and Australia cannot be ignored, whether it is the methane released, the chemicals in the land, the noise or pollution.

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The threat that fracking proposes is real for all of us to see and should be decided by those of us who have to live with the consequences of someone else’s decision.

I feel that Thirsk and Malton MP Kevin Hollinrake, who was voted in to be our representative in Westminster, has failed to represent the majority of his constituents who are against this industry coming to our area.

I fear our democracy is being eroded away by this Government, with the constant changes in legislation to ease the way for the fracking industry.

I am concerned that should North Yorkshire County Council refuse the application for Third Energy to begin fracking at Kirby Misperton, we will be subjected to the same treatment as Lancashire County Council with the final decision on the application being made out of the area by London-based Communities Secretary Greg Clark.