Source: BBC 23 May 2016
An application to carry out fracking in England for the first time since a ban was lifted in 2012 has been approved.
North Yorkshire County Council considered a bid by Third Energy to extract shale gas at a site near Kirby Misperton in Ryedale, councillors voted 7-4 in favour.
Third Energy wants to frack for shale gas using an existing two-mile deep well – called KM8 – drilled in 2013 close to the North York Moors National Park. They could start by the end of the year.
The firm already had licences to produce gas in North Yorkshire and offshore in the North Sea.