Party opposes use of fracking in the region

A demonstration against fracking took place in Pocklington earlier this year.
A demonstration against fracking took place in Pocklington earlier this year.

Anti-fracking campaigners in the Pocklington area have welcomed East Yorkshire Constituency Labour Party’s decision to take a stand against fracking.

It comes after a landmark decision by North Yorkshire County Council to allow the controversial practice at Kirby Misperton. Last weekend, the East Yorkshire Constituency Labour Party passed a motion opposing the use of fracking during a meeting in Driffield.

Clive Hinchliffe, a member of the anti-fracking group Frack Free Pocklington Area, said: “We very much welcome the decision by East Yorkshire Constituency Labour Party.

“This area is seriously under threat from fracking companies, with exploration licences granted for pretty much the whole of East Yorkshire. The threat is even greater following the shocking decision by North Yorkshire County Council to ignore the wishes of local people and allow fracking to go ahead at Kirby Misperton. A growing body of research has linked fracking to a long list of serious medical conditions, including cancer, leukaemia, birth defects, increased cardiology problems, increased numbers of skin conditions and upper respiratory conditions.

“Here in East Yorkshire we are reliant for our drinking water on an aquifer. First of all, no-one should be fracking anywhere near an aquifer, although we believe that no-one should be fracking at all. The risks are just too great.”

Paul Rounding, chairman of East Yorkshire Constituency Labour Party, said: “We feel fracking has more negatives than positives.”