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EA launches second consultation for North Yorkshire fracking

The Environment Agency (EA) has announced the start of a second period of consultation on Third Energy’s application for permits to carry out fracking at a site in North Yorkshire.

Any new information submitted regarding the draft permits will be used in the decision making process for Third Energy’s proposals for shale gas exploration and production at Kirby Misperton.

Nonetheless, the EA has said that it is “minded to issue the permits following a rigorous environmental assessment of the proposed activities, taking into account all of the comments made in the first consultation that closed in August”.

The draft permit set out conditions that Third Energy must meet to protect groundwater, surface water and air quality and to ensure the safe storage, management and disposal of wastes.

“Our regulatory controls for onshore oil and gas are in place to protect people and the environment,” said EA Yorkshire oil and gas programme manager Ben Hocking. “We will not permit activities that pose an unacceptable risk.

“This further stage of consultation gives the public and interested groups an opportunity to see our decision making process and have their say on the draft environmental permits.”

The consultation will run from Wednesday 2 December until Friday 15 January and can be accessed here.

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