October 31: Fracking would put paid to our regular visits to Yorkshire

From: Mr G. Marsden, Buxton Avenue, Heanor, Derby.

FOR many years we have enjoyed our summer break in the Pickering area. While there this year we visited Farndale show (in the rain) and signed the petition opposing fracking.

Having read almost daily of the pros and cons about this issue, now I am doubtful if we will visit the area in future because I cannot accept this fracking business as safe to the welfare of the population.

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We have stayed at different caravan sites and this year as we looked out of our van window from Wrelton we gazed upon an eyesore of a jib which is the well site at Kirby Misperton.

A most unwelcome sight in the heart of a beautiful area of North Yorkshire. I have empathy for all the residents having to see this monstrosity every day and the trepidation they feel about the doubts this drilling can create. Thus, if more of these edifices were to be dotted all over the district then, I am sorry I will not be there to condemn them.

I, along with maybe thousands more visitors, will be reluctant to take unknown risks to health and see the best vistas spoiled. So if this industry is allowed to thrive then my last visit has ended.Having said that, I will sneak back to see the Flying Scotsman in March.

From: Mrs Sue Cuthbert, Newton on Rawcliffe.

RE the article ‘Dangers of fracking for shale gas have been greatly over-estimated’ (The Yorkshire Post, October 26). I feel that the wording of this headline is most mis-leading . It makes it sound as if fracking has suddenly become safe, when in fact the opposite is true.

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How can the authors of this report possibly predict what can happen regarding methane leakage during the next 100 years? I live near Pickering and have had the chance to speak with many visitors to our area about fracking. Every person to whom I spoke said that they would not visit if fracking is allowed to go ahead. They all said this is a beautiful place, why ruin it?

From: David Cragg-James, Stonegrave, York.

NORTH Yorkshire councillors and the public they represent in local government might be interested to discover that industry and not the electorate seem to be the driving force where planning applications are being considered. Asked whether shale gas should be extracted in Ryedale (The Yorkshire Post, October 15), the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change said “that’s going to be up to Third Energy”.