Green deputy leader to visit Ryedale fracking site

13 December 2017

Green Party deputy leader Amelia Womack will visit the fracking site in Kirby Misperton on Friday (December 15th) to meet local demonstrators and visit the protection camp.

She will be speaking to local people to talk about the many reasons why we must continue in the fight against fracking.

Amelia WomackWomack’s visit is part of a series called ‘Green Friday’ where Green Party members and politicians spend a day at the site. Amelia will be joined by Green Party members from across Yorkshire and the Humber - and beyond.

Last month, Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley was dragged across the road by police while giving a speech to protesters at the site.

Amelia has said: “I’m looking forward to meeting the dedicated protesters who are putting their bodies on the line every day to stand up for their communities, particularly after appalling treatment of Jonathan by police only last month. I’m so inspired by how dedicated the community here in Kirby Misperton is in its stand against fracking.

“Fracking is dirty, dangerous and unnecessary. It will jeopardise our climate commitments and prolong our dependency on fossil fuel for years to come. The Government should be leaving fossil fuels where they belong - in the ground - and investing in modern, clean energy for the future.”

Andrew Cooper, Green Party Energy Spokesperson and a councillor in Huddersfield has said: “Time and time again, the people of Yorkshire have been clear in their opposition to Fracking and yet this government continues to pursue its support for it. This is while they are supposed to be committing to reducing our carbon emissions.”  

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