Monday, May 23, 2016

23rd May - Fracking

An important decision is taking place today, the decision as to whether to let Third Energy frack at Kirby Misperton , you can read the proposal in the PDF of Friends of the Earth.  There is a weary joke that the Northern Powerhouse that Cameron and his crew are so often talking about means Ryedale being turned into an industrial hub and the beautiful moors and Howardian Hills blotted by the ugly sites of wells.
Kirby Misperton is but a few miles down the road, and I, like a lot of other people, do not want fracking to take place.  Putting our water at risk from contamination seems a terrible thing to do, the odds are probably in favour of it happening.  The answer is less use of our existing power, but telling people that is like blowing into the wind!  I shall keep my fingers crossed today that the council will see sense and not give the go-ahead to Third Energy.
The weather has been perfect the last few days, the garden puts on a show, the rosebuds start to appear, and the hens strut their stuff, I have lots of bean plants and courgette plants, so the vegetables from them when they appear  will join the eggs on the little table outside the gate for contributing to the funds of the church.
Hawthorn blossom wreaths the countryside, with an energy that reminds us that nature is a strong and a powerful force, if only we could respect her and not treat her with such dire consequences....

Hawthorns

the girls ut for a stroll

suddenly everything grows



Youtube

http://energydesk.greenpeace.org/2016/05/25/oil-tax-how-the-uk-taxpayer-could-spend-millions-funding-the-hunt-for-fracked-gas/

10 comments:

  1. From what I have read. Fracking is short term gain and long term destruction of the land, plus it see ms to cause stress on the earth causing earth tremors to full blown earthquakes.

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    1. Hi Heron, yes from what I have seen on videos from America, it does ruin the countryside, and the foul water has to be stored somewhere. If there is another tremor like they had in 2012 perhaps they will see sense.

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  2. So far no threat of fracking near us - it all makes you feel so powerless doesn't it?
    As to that May blossom - this is my very favourite time of the year - the flowers appearing, the birds breeding, the scents of the countryside - I love it.

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    1. Glad to hear that Pat, that there is no fracking near you, it is a geological hit as to where the gas is..And yes it is a beautiful time of the year.

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  3. Oh dear Thelma - that's the last thing that you need to have- your area is such a beautiful part of the country - your photos of your walks with Lucy show us that - let's hope that some of those councillors have some common sense and vote against it xx

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    1. Hi Trudie, The area is the Vale of Pickering, surrounded by the Howardian Hill, The Tabular Hills and the moors, so yes it would be ruinous. Wretched government has seemingly given up the ghost on renewable energy. Let us hope that there will be more opposition to fracking.

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  4. Well, you know which way the wind blows now, ref. the Fracking. Brown paper envelopes and Councils springs to mind. I hope a decision is made to rescind this if enough opposition springs into action.

    May is such a beautiful month. The sprays of Hawthorn blossom, always called May of course, are so elegant and the wild flowers such a delilght.

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  5. Sadly Jennie we do, democracy is not the name of the game, and it looks like fracking will go ahead. Of course there will still be opposition to it. Looks like the Lancashire decision (they won, the council backed down) is to be overturned by the government.

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  6. It’s been approved, as most will know by now. Another blow to the wishes of the people here as 95% (correct me if I’m wrong on that figure Thelma) of the locals were/are against it. ‘Crazy’ doesn’t do it justice. At a time when we should be moving away from fossil fuels this is given the go ahead. Thelma suggested this morning that I should refuse to pay the Council Tax. No problem, though I’d expect that 95% to do the same. If that didn’t shake up the council then sit-ins and roadblocks might. And that’s nothing new to folks of our generation who’ve been on plenty of demonstrations, sit-ins etc (and have paid for it). Trouble is, we’ve all (old and young alike) been drip-fed the ‘don’t-rock-the-boat-easy-life’ and have unsurprisingly end up being steamrolled by big businesses and small-minded politicians and councillors. Maybe the state of things as they are is the inevitable outcome of not doing enough when it’s actually called for.

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  7. Well the figure is more like 99%, 4375 people wrote letters against, 35 were in favour. I am not sure what the answer is, except people will fight and the councillors will probably only have a short term. But democracy is scuttling out of this country at a fast rate!

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