This weekend, Blooming Ludus visited Kirby Misperton Protection Camp in Ryedale.
People have been camping near the village of Kirby Misperton since December to show their opposition to fracking. Fracking is an intensive, industrial process for extracting methane gas from shale rock that lies hundreds of metres underground. The process requires a large number of drilling sites – up to 8 per square mile – and this could mean thousands of well sites in a large area. The procedure is to drill down to the shale rock at a depth of about 3,000 metres and then to drill horizontally. Water, sand and toxic chemicals are then pumped down the well under very high pressure to fracture the shale and release the gas trapped inside. (http://frackfreeryedale.org)
It's been a very special weekend with the inspiring community of the camp sharing us stories, art, and the human dimension of fracking. We are grateful to all the people we met in Kirby Misperton. We are bringing back our amazing experiences and stories from the camp to Power Story in May. Please come, explore and share your thoughts on fracking and other energies powering the UK.
You can get more information about Kirby Misperton Protection Camp here: https://youtu.be/UG99oSCm-8E