Fracking passes planning hurdle in Yorkshire

Fracking at a site in Yorkshire is still at least ‘several months away’, according to the developer behind the scheme after the county council approved its application.

Third Energy applied to use hydraulic fracturing at a well at Kirby Misperton in Yorkshire, which has been operational for more than 20 years. If fracking delivers sufficient quantities, the company said it planned to produce gas at the site for up to nine years. 

Councillors on the planning committee at North Yorkshire County Council supported the scheme by seven votes to four. The decision was in line with advice from the council planning officer. 

The application was controversial locally and nationally. According to the planning officers’ report, 3,907 people lodged objections with the council, with 1,048 applications specifically opposed to Third Energy’s application, and the rest opposed to fracking in general. The council received 32 letters in support of the ...

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