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Positional statement on fracking

The North York Moors National Park is a specially-protected place for good reason. As the guardians of this magnificent landscape, its habitats, wildlife and tranquillity, the Authority – inline with the Government’s original statement that there should be a ban on fracking for shale gas in National Parks  - remains firmly against fracking for shale gas in the North York Moors. We need to consider the area’s long-term interests.

The environment of the North York Moors, which includes everything from the dark skies at night to the unique geology and landforms, clean air and fresh water, matters greatly to both the National Park Authority and to the public as a whole. We have recently met with INEOS, the company which informed us of plans to explore shale gas reserves in the area in 2018. We made it clear that we did not wish them to proceed with these plans. The company indicated its intentions to proceed nevertheless and would not deny that it might ultimately seek to frack for shale gas from the National Park by drilling laterally from outside it. We are now determining our next steps and as part of this process will be in contact with National Government. We also expect to have further contact with the company.

- Andy Wilson, Chief Executive of the North York Moors National Park Authority