Shale gas extraction presents a significant opportunity to maintain energy security and promote skilled job creation in the UK says GMB
After 2 days of debate involving over 100 speakers, North Yorkshire Council’s planning committee voted seven to four in favour of extracting shale gas at an existing two mile deep well near Kirby Misperton in Ryedale.
This is the first time in 5 years that the industry has been given the go-ahead in the UK for the exploration of shale gas.
A viability test will take place on the well, drilled in 2013, and if the site is suitable, consent has been given for shale gas extraction for nine years.
Stuart Fegan GMB National Officer said “GMB will monitor with interest the viability test on the well in Kirby Misperton North Yorkshire over the coming year.
Shale gas extraction presents a significant opportunity to maintain energy security and promote skilled job creation in the UK but all relevant safeguards, consultation and regulation of the industry must be scrutinised to the highest standard by public officials.
Anything less than protecting these workers from exploitation in a fledgling industry, as we did with gas workers 126 years ago, would be a betrayal of our history and moral responsibility.”
Contact: Stuart Fegan 07912 890434; Justin Bowden 07710 631351 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691