Information about fracking. Describes what fracking is and provides information on applications for fracking within the East Riding or Yorkshire.
Fracking is the hydraulic fracturing of shale rock. The process involves drilling down into the earth. Once the drill has reached a deep enough level, a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside. A mixture of water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well.
Fracking is a highly controversial subject that many residents in the East Riding of Yorkshire are concerned about. The non-technical information note, which is available to download below seeks to answer some of the main questions that the public have raised with the council about the shale gas industry:
Fracking - Non-technical note (pdf 2mb opens in new window)
Please note: The information contained in the note is not exhaustive and the reader is advised to follow the links to the various websites at the end of the note for a more detailed overview of the specific issues of interest. It is the council's intention to update this information note when new issues arise that we consider will be of interest to the residents of the East Riding.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has not received any planning applications nor are there any planning permissions for fracking in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
However, it is likely that following the issue of the 14th Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round that planning applications for exploratory wells will be submitted for consideration by the LPA within the next two years. Before any planning application is submitted the developer is likely to undertake seismic testing of the underlying geology. Please refer to the non-technical Information note for further information.
In 2015 three planning applications were submitted for fracking. In 2016 one of the planning applications was approved by the Local Planning Authority and one was approved by the Secretary of State with the further application currently awaiting determination.
The Council organised a ' Fracking Event' with speakers both for and against fracking in April 2016 and the speakers presentations are attached below:
Frack Free East Yorkshire (pdf 13mb opens in new window)
Friends of the Earth - Why fracking is not the answer to our energy problems (powerpoint 2.2mb opens in new window)
Cuadrilla - Shale Gas Exploration and Hydraulic Fracturing (powerpoint 11mb opens in new window)
Environment Agency - Regulation of Onshore Oil and Gas (powerpoint 3mb opens in new window)
You can find out more information by visiting any of the websites listed below:
Department of Energy and Climate Change - Guidance on Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing (external website - opens in new window)
Task Force on Shale Gas – Final Conclusions and Recommendations (external website)
Friends of the Earth – Key Information on Fracking and Shale Gas (external website - opens in new window)
UKOOG – Community Engagement Charter (external website - opens in new window)
GOV.UK - National Planning Policy Framework (external website - opens in new window)
National Planning Practice Guidance (external website - opens in new window)
GOV.UK - SOS Decision Letter Recovered Appeals (external website - opens in new window)