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Keep York frack-free: YEF adds its voice

23 July 2014

York Environment Forum added its support to Frack-Free York’s petition to City of York Council calling for York to remain frack-free at a meeting of the full council last Thursday, 17 July.

The Forum had previously issued its own fracking statement to Council Leader Cllr James Alexander and Executive Member for Environment and Planning, Cllr Dave Merrett.

YEF Chair Kate Lock was one of five public speakers that were each granted three minutes to speak to the petition; the other speakers were Richard Lane of York and Ryedale Friends of the Earth, Sue Lister for York Greenpeace, John Cossham for Frack-Free York and Christopher Rainger, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. You can view their speeches here (from 24.35 mins in) and read the text of Kate Lock’s speech .

The council debate that followed was automatically triggered by Frack-Free York collecting over 1,000 signatures on the petition. Speeches last 30 minutes and can be viewed here. There was no vote on the issue, but most councillors spoke in favour of the petition, to varying degrees, with the exception of Cllr Joe Watt (Con) and Cllr Dafydd Williams (Lab). Chair Cllr Julie Gunnell, the Deputy Lord Mayor, thanked the public for their participation and said that the speakers and the petition had given councillors a lot of areas to think about and to research.

A full transcript of the debate by councillors can be read here: CYC debate 17 July

Prior to the meeting a demonstration against fracking organised by Frack-Free York was held in St Helen’s Square, in front of the Mansion House. Other members of York Environment Forum joined in with the demonstration and subsequently packed the public gallery of the Guildhall’s main chamber to hear the council debate.

Frack free York demo


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