Driffield’s water supply could be at risk if the controversial mining method known as fracking begins at land surrounding Tibthorpe.
That’s the view of anti-fracking campaigners who are calling on residents and local politicians to stop the “assault” on the area.
Fracking firm Cuadrilla has this week been awarded a licence to explore for oil and gas on ten square kilometres of land west of Driffield which includes Tibthorpe and Wetwang.
Chief executive Francis Egan said: “We welcome the potential for exploration in Yorkshire along with the associated benefits of new jobs and economic growth we believe it will bring.
“Our first priority will be to talk with people in local communities.
“We recognise that some members of the public will have concerns and there continues to be a good deal of misinformation circulated regarding onshore shale exploration.”
But campaigners say that, if the exploration yields the right results, it could lead to the mining technique known as a fracking (the extraction of shale gas by fracturing rock) which can harm the water aquifer, among causing other hazards.
John Mager, of Frack-Free East Yorkshire said: “There is proven risk to the water supply for residents and businesses in the area.”