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NEC statement on North Yorkshire fracking decision
The NEC notes with considerable disappointment the majority decision of the Conservative controlled North Yorkshire County Councils planning committee to approve an application for fracking at a site near Kirby Misperton in Ryedale.

The Liberal party, which has two serving councillors in the district, has debated fracking twice at its annual Assembly, and believes the technology offers excessive risks for unproven benefits.

The entire process of high-pressure pumping of water and sand into the ground to collect the gas risks untold environmental and well as geological damage and only prolongs our societies addition to unsustainable sources of energy.

The fact that the application attracted over 4000 objections should be a clear indication of the public opposition to such schemes. Fracking should form no part of our nation's energy policy.

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