‘If there’s gas, the com­mu­nity could ben­e­fit from mil­lions’

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A LONE cam­paigner, the only res­i­dent who has ac­tively spo­ken out in favour of frack­ing, says she has found her­self fac­ing hate mail and threats.

Lor­raine Al­lan­son, who runs a bed and break­fast in nearby Aller­ston, has long called for sup­port for the frack­ing in­dus­try to be brought to the Ryedale area.

But over the past cou­ple of years, she says, she has faced a bar­rage of abuse from some who op­pose her views.

“We are see­ing a rather sin­is­ter side of the anti-frack­ing cam­paign,” she said. “I’ve had hate mail, I’ve had threats. I’ve got a file full of it. I won’t back down.”

Miss Al­lan­son doesn’t know where the let­ters have come from – her name has been prom­i­nent in the pro-frack­ing cam­paign.

She firmly be­lieves such in­dus­try would bring huge ben­e­fits to the area.

“It’s a very dis­creet in­dus­try,” she said. “As a busi­ness per­son, it would bring enor­mous rev­enue to the area.

“Gas com­pa­nies need ac­com­mo­da­tion and ser­vices. We can sup­ply that. It’s a golden op­por­tu­nity.

“They are go­ing to need a work­force. In this area, we have a de-pop­u­la­tion of young peo­ple. No­body can af­ford to buy their own homes as they can’t get a de­cent wage.

“If we can train young peo­ple to work in the in­dus­try, they can stay. The com­mu­nity will get com­mu­nity pay­ment.

“If there’s gas there, and a lot, the com­mu­nity could ben­e­fit by mil­lions. And we are go­ing to need gas, there’s no ar­gu­ment about that.”

She says the whole com­mu­nity had been af­fected by the level of protest.

“Kirby Mis­per­ton is a small vil­lage, with 380 res­i­dents,” she said. “Now we’ve got all this po­lice ac­tiv­ity – there’s riot vans. There’s noth­ing wrong with peace­ful protest, but the vil­lage of Kirby Mis­per­ton is un­der siege. Can you imag­ine liv­ing un­der this? We’re not used to it ..... this is dis­rupt­ing our lives.”

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