Green group launches legal action against fracking decision in North Yorkshire

Environmental campaigners have appealed against North Yorkshire County Council’s decision to allow fracking.

In May, the council approved Third Energy’s application to extract shale gas near the North York Moors National Park in Ryedale.

Friends of the Earth has sent an application to the High Court for a judicial review of the decision following a letter it sent to the council saying it would take legal action.

It said the council failed to properly assess climate change as it didn’t consider the environmental impacts of fracking.

The council also failed to secure long term financial protection against environmental damage, it added.

Simon Bowens, Yorkshire and Humber campaigner for Friends of the Earth said: “Shale gas is a dirty fossil fuel and it is the responsibility of North Yorkshire County Council to require a full assessment of the impact this fracking application would have on the climate. They failed to do that and this is why we believe the courts need to consider the way that this decision was arrived at by seven councillors in May.”

North Yorkshire County Council said the planning committee gave “proper regard to all material planning considerations before approving the application by Third Energy to undertake fracking for shale gas”.