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Two really important decisions coming up; a hint at the future of local politics; events in the offing and a round up of news highlights. 
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It's newsletter time! 

Hi and thanks for reading. 
2017 is flying by and lots has happened since our last newsletter. 
The next couple of weeks will be really important for direction of the campaign going forward. Firstly...

PROPOSAL TO BAN FRACKING IN SCOTLAND

Your consultation responses are needed now...


You might be aware that Scotland currently holds a moratorium on fracking, but a proposal for a bill that would ban fracking is currently under consultation until February 17th

Not only would a ban in Scotland make it much harder for Westminster to force fracking on England, but this is a great opportunity for us to do something to support our friends who have been a great ally to us. You might remember seeing a large Scottish contingent at the NYCC planning meeting in Northallerton last May!

Please add your voice to those calling for the ban to be passed. If you have a connection with Scotland that's great, but remember every consultation response adds weight to the anti-fracking argument. Let's speak out now and remind them we're not just Nimbys!

See this link for a wealth of information  https://frackingbanbill.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/prohibition-of-fracking-consultation-031116.pdf
Or click straight here to submit your consultation response  http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Fracking/
 

COMING SOON: FRACK FREE UNITED

United we stand: For election!

Frack Free United, a new lobby group against the fracking industry launching this Monday, is set to be a major player in the run up to council elections in May 2017.

Established in Ryedale - an area facing the imminent threat of fracking on its doorstep, the network is made up of campaign groups and communities opposed to the industry. 

Frack Free United is encouraging the public to come to it's website and find out where the candidates seeking to represent them stand on fracking.

Founder member of the group, Steve Mason said:

“With 14 counties under threat from fracking going to the polls in May, it is becoming clear that to stop the industry we have to change the minds of those in power or change the people in power making the decisions.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT CETA

Please bear with us and give this matter your attention - it's an intimidating topic that carries big consequences.

We only have a few more days before MEPs vote on the 15th February. Please find time to email/fax/phone your MEPs this week and urge them to vote against CETA.
See below for more information...

What is CETA and what can I do?


CETA is an international trade agreement between the EU and Canada. This might seem long way from Kirby Misperton and other places threatened by fracking, it's vital for the long term success of the anti-fracking campaign that we stop CETA.

What's the problem?
CETA includes regulatory harmonisation, a feature that is often used in trade agreements to reduce regulations to the lowest common denominator. It also includes regulatory cooperation, a system which is used to give big business greater influence over new regulations. Both of these features have worrying implications for fracking.

The most worrying feature of CETA is Investor Court System (ICS). This system allows companies to sue governments in special courts if they introduce any law or regulation that might affect the value of their investment. These courts would only be accessible to international investors, not members of the public, or local businesses that would be harmed by fracking.

The Canadian government is currently being sued by an American fracking company, Lone Pine Resources, for $250 million, using the similar ISDS system included in the existing NAFTA treaty. This case was brought by Lone Pine Resources because the Canadian province of Quebec did the right thing and put a moratorium on fracking, meaning that they couldn't go through with their plan to frack there. The case started in 2012 and a decision has not yet been reached.

Britain is now leaving the European Union, but if CETA is ratified, it could still apply to us even after Brexit is completed. Thats why you need to write to your MEPs now to tell them to vote no to CETA on 15 February.

If you live in Yorkshire, you can find your MEPs contact details on this page:  http://www.europarl.org.uk/en/your-meps/uk_meps/yorkshire_and_the_humber.html

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE HEADLINES

There have been so many amazing stories to follow these last few weeks that we couldn't possibly share them all here. Hopefully you've been following the stories and noticing how much difference it makes when people are vocally anti-fracking! Here are a couple of our favourites... 

The fight heats up in Lancashire - Drill or Drop and BBC articles
With work underway at the Preston New Road site, successful campaigns have seen 2 suppliers pull of contracts with Cuadrilla and 4 protectors shut down operations for an entire day during a 9 hour lock on, whilst a breach of the traffic management plan saw civilians hospitalised after a serious road traffic accident. Cuadrilla have responded with ironic nonsense about 'bullying tactics' from our campaign, meaning the demand for objective reporting about the fracking fight has never been more important.

‘WE WILL NOT GIVE UP’: Residents vow to stop fracking in Derbyshire village - Derbyshire Times article
A special mention must go to an inspirational effort from all involved in the energetic new campaign against fracking in Derbyshire. This new group has already organised hundreds of people to attend village meetings, and got thousands of signatures on their petition (Click here to sign). It is so encouraging to see such a strong campaign emanating from this threatened area!
Nick Howard speaks out against fracking
Castle Howard is of the most iconic tourist destinations in Ryedale and represents all that we are trying to protect. If you missed it, check out this clip to hear Nick's thoughts. (Sorry for the poor quality).

INEOS accused of bullying landowners to gain access for fracking surveys - Drill or Drop article
A huge thank you to the National Trust for standing up to fracking company INEOS, who have revealed their true colours in declaring an intention to force the landowner to allow access if they would not give it willingly. The National Trust has a presumption against fracking and have said that they "will reject any fracking requests or inquiries."

No fracking here: Inside Ryedale's anti-fracking 'protection camp' - York Press article
In the last couple of months the Kirby Misperton Protection Camp has attracted attention from all over the country. This article gives an inside view into the daily life on the front-lines of the campaign in Ryedale. 

AN INVITATION TO UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

On Monday 20th February, Frack Free York will be cohosting an event with Reclaim the Power to explore the topic of fracking and direct action. This date is part of the Keep It In The Ground tour travelling around to address the urgency of climate change and the need to dramatically divest from fossil fuels. 
All welcome from 7-9pm at the University of York, Room D/L/002, Derwent College, University Road, York. YO10 5DD.

On Saturday 4th March, Friends of the Earth will be holding a full day event entitled Power Up, which promises all you need to know about how to use the planning and legal system to fight fracking. Unfortunately, it is more than likely that we will need this knowledge in the not too distant future, so if you are able to attend please take the most of this opportunity.
The event will be held at the University of Sheffield; please register via Eventbrite
That's all for now - many thanks for reading. 
We'll leave you with this lovely photo from Saturdays successful pop-up protest organised by Frack Free Kirkbymoorside. Well done to all involved! 

Frack Free Ryedale
Communications Team
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