Fracking: Ryedale

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th December 2017.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether, as part of consideration of the application by Third Energy for hydraulic fracturing consent for the KM8 wellsite in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, he assessed the volume of (a) Glycol, (b) Methanol, (c) corrosion inhibitor and (d) bleach used at the KM3 well at Ryedale in each year of that well’s operational life; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether, as part of consideration of the application by Third Energy for hydraulic fracturing consent for the KM8 wellsite in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, he assessed the procedure for cleaning the lines and taking the odour out of the gas over the lifetime of the KM3 well at Ryedale; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the KM3 well at Ryedale, North Yorkshire, if he will conduct an urgent investigation into (a) the type and volume of chemicals which have been put down that well and (b) whether fractures have been caused by those chemicals; and if he will suspend any decision on fracking at KM8 Ryedale until the completion of that investigation.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is carefully considering the application submitted by Third Energy for the Kirby Misperton well-site (KM8) and will respond in due course.

Any concerns regarding the chemicals used in the KM3 well should be directed to the Environment Agency.

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