No fracking and invest in renewables say campaigners

Members of Fossil Free North Yorkshire (FFNY), which opposes fracking and is calling on North Yorkshire County Council pension fund to stop investing in fossil fuel and reinvest in renewable energy projects, will be taking part in the York Environment Week from 24 September to 2 October.

A spokesperson for the Group Dr. Margaret Jackson said that a strong public response was needed following the government’s announcement on 8 September immediately lifting the fracking ban in England announced in 2019 and a new round of North Sea oil and gas exploration licences.

“Despite all we know about fracking, its devastating impact on the climate, its toxic effects on local communities and its total inability to reduce energy bills, the government only appears to be listening to the energy companies. Neither proposal will offer any short-term reduction to energy bills. On the proposed new round of exploration licences, it takes more than five years and up to 30 years from discovering a new field to getting any oil or gas out of the ground, according to official figures. The government does not appear to have carried out full environmental impact assessments on these proposals in order to judge what emissions would be produced and their impact on the climate “she said.

Fossil Free North Yorkshire will be in Parliament Street, York from 10.30am to 3.30pm on Tuesday 27 September.

Meanwhile it has been revealed that licences for fracking impact on some national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty reports The Guardian (23 September). Licenced areas overlap the North Yorkshire Moors and the Peak Districts National Park the report says. More at:

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