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You may be aware that you are farming in an area licensed for Shale Gas Exploration. Commonly known as ‘fracking’, this controversial technique has caused irreversible damage in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and as such, has been banned in Scotland, Ireland and Wales. If we, Ryedale Farmers Against Fracking, act now, we can we can stop this industry in Ryedale, Yorkshire and England before too much damage is done. And so we are asking you, a farmer of Ryedale, for your support. Fracking is a significantly more intensive process than conventional gas production and is associated with many negative impacts. For fracking to be economically viable, it is necessary to industrialise vast swathes of countryside. Of particular concern to us are the high possibilities of water contamination and air pollution that will affect crop, livestock and human health. We are also concerned about how fracking could affect our communities, our children’s futures and exacerbate the global climate crisis. The Government has offered no assurances that the liability for the care and management of ‘orphan’ wells will be taken care of. Today, if the fracking operator is bankrupt or dissolved, responsibility for the clear-up rests with the landowner. Both the NFU and CLA have expressed deep concerns over this. It should also be noted that a number of insurance companies may not cover damage caused by fracking on a neighbour's land. This includes threats such as loss of livestock, land contamination and loss of markets. Ryedale Farmers against Fracking believe that the shale gas companies will risk the long-term health of our land, water and communities in return for a quick profit. We know that farmers around the world have played a critical role in defeating this industry. Our local communities have said ‘no’ to fracking, but they have been ignored by the Government who is now forcing it upon Ryedale. Only us, the farmers and landowners, can stop this industry from taking hold. Let’s show some Yorkshire farming mettle and stand up for the farms and fields that have been passed on to us by our parents and grandparents.

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