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ANTI-FRACKING cam­paign­ers have called for a na­tion­wide re­sponse to fight the con­tro­ver­sial gas ex­trac­tion tech­nique af­ter a land­mark de­ci­sion to al­low it to start in North York­shire.

Groups op­posed to the de­vel­op­ment out­side the vil­lage of Kirby Mis­per­ton, near Pick­er­ing, have launched a Peo­ple’s Dec­la­ra­tion in a bid to stop fracking, as one of the coun­cil­lors who voted in favour of the ap­pli­ca­tion con­firmed he’s re­ceived ‘in­tim­i­dat­ing’ emails.

Frack Free Ryedale, which led the cam­paign against the ap­pli­ca­tion by the UK firm Third En­ergy, launched the dec­la­ra­tion along with Friends Of The Earth.

It said in a state­ment: “We urge and will sup­port the Govern­ment to de­velop a bal­anced, long-term en­ergy pol­icy that will achieve our glob­ally-agreed cli­mate change tar­gets.

“To­day we re­solve to con­tinue to fight to re­main free from fracking, to pro­tect our com­mu­ni­ties, our beau­ti­ful coun­try­side, our air and wa­ter, and to pro­tect the fu­ture of the planet.

“We ask peo­ple across the coun­try to join us by sup­port­ing this dec­la­ra­tion.”

Coun­cil­lors in Northaller­ton voted by 7-4 on Mon­day to give the green light to the first fracking oper­a­tion in the UK for five years.

The con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion has been con­demned as a trav­esty by those op­posed to the move, but a “vic­tory for prag­ma­tism” by those in favour.

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