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Energy company wants to frack in North Yorks

Fracking could be carrie out near a village in North Yorks. Credit: ITV

An energy company is applying to carrying out fracking for gas near a village in the North York Moors.

Third Energy drilled for samples at Kirby Misperton last year, and believes there could be a significant new gas reservoir in the area.

Anti-fracking campaigners say they are concerned about contamination of the water supply.

The next stage will be a high risk assessment, before the full application goes ahead.

New gas discovery off the coast of Teesside

Centrica Energy has been drilling for gas in an area known as Pegasus West Credit: Centrica

An energy company said it had discovered new gas supplies in the North Sea, 130km off the coast of Teesside.

Centrica Energy said tests at the exploratory area known as 'Pegasus West' had led to very positive results. The area is close to an existing gas development called Cygnus.

The firm said the discovery showed there were many more years left in the North Sea oil and gas industry.

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20 North East historic sites added to 'at risk' register

Twenty historic sites across the North East have been added to an 'at risk' register due to their condition.

English Heritage publishes an annual report which identifies listed buildings and historic sites most at risk of loss or decay.

Since last year, 27 sites have been removed from the list after investments of £768,000 in the region.

In the North East:

  • 8 buildings or structures have been taken off the Register and 5 have been added.
  • 4 churches and places of worship have been taken off the Register and 9 have been added.
  • 14 archaeological sites have been removed from the Register and 3 have been added.
  • 1 conservation area, Spittal in Berwick upon Tweed, has been removed from the Register this year, 3 conservation areas including Alnwick, Northumberland and Chester-le-Street, County Durham have been added.
St James Church, Benwell Credit: English Heritage
  • The 13th century Church of St Andrew Winston on the banks of the River Tees has been added to the list this year. There are several structural issues in the building and the roof needs repairing. The congregation has agreed a repair project. The work is underway with financial help from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is due to be completed by 2015.
Hamsterley Hall,Hamsterley Mill,Rowlands Gill,County Durham. Credit: English Heritage
  • Hamsterley Hall has suffered from decades of decline leaving the property with an estimated repair bill of £4m. The hall was already on the Heritage At Risk register but is now classified at the highest level of risk.
Coquet Island, Northumberland Credit: English Heritage
  • Coquet Island is one of a number of remote islands off the Northumberland coast. The remains of a monastic cell and a medieval tower have been removed from the Heritage at Risk register this year after a repair project and grant of £93,000 from English Heritage.
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