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Exploratory Fracking at Kirby Misperton, Yorkshire, UK

The small Yorkshire village of Kirby Misperton has become a fracking frontline, with ongoing protests since Third Energy were granted planning permission to carry out hydraulic fracturing tests. This sets a precedent for fracking in the UK.


The small Yorkshire village of Kirby Misperton has become a fracking front line, with ongoing protests since Third Energy were granted planning permission to carry out hydraulic fracturing tests. If the tests are successful, this will be the first well in the country to go into production, and could set precedent for many more fracking wells to be built across the region and the rest country in the coming years.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Exploratory Fracking at Kirby Misperton, Yorkshire, UK
Country:United Kingdom
State or province:North Yorkshire
Location of conflict:Kirby Misperton
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Shale gas fracking
Specific commodities:Natural Gas
Project Details and Actors
Project details

According to the British Geological Survey, Britain is sitting on shale gas deposits that could supply the UK for 25 years. A report in 2013 suggested an area stretching from Lancashire to Yorkshire and Lincolnshire could hold at least 1,300tn cubic feet of gas. [5]

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Level of Investment for the conflictive projectnot clear figures available
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:400+
Start of the conflict:01/10/2012
Company names or state enterprises:Third Energy from United Kingdom - Operating Fracking
Barclays Bank - 97% stake in Third Energy
Halliburton from United States of America
Relevant government actors:North Yorkshire County Council
UK Government
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Frack Free Ryedale
Frack Free Kirby Misperton
Friends of the Earth
People and Planet
Sum of Us
Fossil Free
Reclaim the Power
Green Party
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
International ejos
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Social movements
Country wide activist organizations and networks
Forms of mobilization:Artistic and creative actions (eg guerilla theatre, murals)
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Loss of landscape/sense of place, Other socio-economic impacts
Other socio-economic impactsImpact on tourism and house prices
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Conflict outcome / response:Criminalization of activists
Under negotiation
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:The project is awaiting final approval
Sources & Materials
Juridical relevant texts related to the conflict (laws, legislations, EIAs, etc)

Planning Applications and Environmental Permits
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[3] Frack Free Ryedale
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[4] Kirby Misperton fracking permission postponed for financial checks (BBC)
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[5] UK fracking to begin in earnest in 2018 after tough year for industry ( The Guardian)
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[6] Kirby Misperton fracking protest costs taxpayer over £560,000 (Yorkshire Post)
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[7] Anti-fracking tea lady vows to fight order to move catering van (The Guardian)
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[8] Kirby Misperton Protection Camp
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[9] Stop Barclays Fracking
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Other documents

Police remove tea and refreshments An elderly tea-lady was forcibly moved from her table by police at the Kirby Misperton fracking site (Photo: Yorkshire Post)
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Meta information
Contributor:Alice Owen [email protected]
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:3294
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