Write to your MP
A hand written letter to your MP telling him who you are, what your connection to the district or the drilling site is, and explaining briefly what your concerns are. If you have read a report that concerns you then mention it and give him a reference. Be brief and polite but be sure to follow it up if you are not satisfied with the response.
You can google your MP.
For Ryedale it is
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 4746
Even if your writing is rubbish it often has greater impact than an email.
The first and most important thing is to read all about it. Get informed and try to understand the way the industry, Government and the various ministries work.
It is not so easy to get good information about fracking. The industry is economical with truth and some of the science is a bit dense. It is important to get a range of views and a basic understanding of the issues.
If you develop a strong feeling that fracking is not the right technology, or that the UK is not the place or perhaps this is not the time to do it then ‘Something Must Be Done’. Unless pressure is applied to the government the default position will be ‘Let’s dash for gas,’ throw some money and PR at the job and the people will soon go back to sleep.
A letter is better than an email which is better than a petition signature. You don’t have to be detailed or complete, learned nor demanding. Just a letter or an email to your MP, local or county councillor will have an impact. 10 letters is a deluge while 20 will have them running for their party policy makers. Do not delay! Google their address or email and send a message of concern. It can make a big difference.
You may wish to contact a local group of similar concerned residents. You are more likely to be in a group of well-reasoned, thoughtful people than among rampant activists or tree-huggers – although all help to add up to a comprehensive voice.
As for sources of information the two collections from New York State are helpful. The compendium from concerned health professionals looks for the risks while the Public Health Review is slightly more measured but brought about the moratorium on tracking in the state.
At the end of the day if politicians have not taken the initiative as an election approaches, it may all come down to people power.