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PICTURES – Christmas Dinner at the Fracking protest camp

Christmas dinner was served at the Kirby Misperton anti-fracking protest camp by local supporters. At 12.30 on Sunday they delivered a roast turkey lunch with all the trimmings served in one of two communal tents that have been set up in the camp.

Sue Gough organised the meal with other members of the local community. She lives less than a mile from the site where Third Energy plans to frack.

Sarah Houslton whose farm is near the KM8 well site helped to prepare it.

“Our community has worked so hard to stop this industry getting a toehold in Ryedale. There were over 4000 objections to the planning application,

Ryedale District Council and all 15 local parish councils are opposed, the matter even went to the High Court.

After all that our voices are still being ignored. Local democracy has failed us, and now people are taking the situation into their own hands.”


Ryedale resident Eddie Thornton is living at the camp.

“The kindness of our neighbours is especially heart-warming at Christmas and makes us feel very supported. We’re already feeling very welcome here”


Since the camp was established they say they have had a steady stream of local people bringing supplies. However they have said that they need more people to come and join them there.

What they have described as a protection camp was established on the day that local residents and Friends of the Earth lost their Judicial Review hearing in the High Court. The protectors have vowed to continue their campaign until Third Energy withdraws its plan to frack the KM8 well.


North Yorkshire County Council said it was grateful for the judgement of the High Court, which it said confirms that the planning committee gave proper regard to all material planning considerations before approving the application to undertake fracking for shale gas in the vicinity of Kirby Misperton.


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