New anti-fracking group meets for first time

The anti-fracking meeting was held at Pocklington's Christian Fellowship Church.
The anti-fracking meeting was held at Pocklington's Christian Fellowship Church.

A new anti-fracking group for the Pocklington and Market Weighton area has held its first meeting.

The meeting, at Pocklington’s Christian Fellowship Church, on Chapmangate, brought together concerned residents to discuss what they can do in the event that applications to carry out fracking are submitted within the area.

It comes after energy firm Cuadrilla, in partnership with GDF Suez E&P UK, were granted licences to explore for shale gas throughout East Yorkshire, including land around Pocklington. The move was part of the government’s 14th onshore oil and gas licensing round last year.

Ron Pettifer, from the new anti-fracking group, said: “Fracking is a real possibility within the Pocklington and Market Weighton locality. It came to light at the meeting that certain parish councils have already been directly contacted by Cuadrilla to discuss future plans for the area.”

The meeting was facilitated by a member of Frack Free East Yorkshire - a coalition of groups opposed to extreme fossil fuels - and residents were able to voice their concerns about the environment, their health and the impact on the community as a whole.

Residents were also able to express their interest in getting further involved with activities to ensure that other locals are fully aware of the future implications of the development of the fracking industry near to their homes and businesses.

Another meeting is scheduled before Easter but any local resident wishing to learn more about the anti-fracking group or get involved can email Ron Pettifer at

Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside. Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well.