The ‘fight goes on’ as UK ends 5-year fracking hiatus

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Courtesy of: Friends of the Earth, 2015

Fracking could soon take place in the UK, following a five-year hiatus, as North Yorkshire County Council give Third Energy the green light to drill in Ryedale.

The decision flies in the face of fierce local opposition which saw 4,375 objections, compared to just 36 letters in favour of the plans. Itcould pave the way for hundreds of well across the rolling Yorkshire hills and set a precedent for the controversial process to take place in other parts of the country.

Campaigners have been labelled “a travesty” which will “industrialise the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and contribute to climate change”.

Public opposition has prevented any fracking since 2011 following two minor earthquakes caused by the procedure near Blackpool, and with this opposition at an all time high, it is certain the expansion of this controversial industry will still have a fight on its hands as it tries to take root in the UK.

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