The chief executive of oil company Cuadrilla Resources told ITV News people are having the debate about fracking at a site in West Sussex "without the facts".
Speaking to ITV News' business editor Laura Kuenssberg about protests outside a Cuadrilla site in Balcombe, Francis Egan said, "We haven't put forward a proposal to fracture [frack] in Balcombe ... So there is a debate going on about fracturing in Balcombe without any actual fracturing going on".
The Balcombe site has become a national focal point for a campaign against hydraulic fracturing.
The head of Cuadrilla Rescources - the company that operates a number of fracking sites in Lancashire - has welcomed today's news:
– Francis Egan, CEO, Cuadrilla Resources
Today’s news is a turning point for the country's energy future.
Shale gas has the potential to create jobs, generate tax revenues, reduce our reliance on imported gas, and improve our balance of payments ...
Today’s decision will allow continued exploration and testing of the UK’s very significant shale resources in a way that fulfils the highest environmental and community standards.
'Fracking' comes from the term hydraulic fracturing and is a process used to extract natural gas from the ground. This video explains the process and was produced by Cuadrilla Resources, the company that drilled the sites in Blackpool that caused two earthquakes in April and May last year.