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Find out more about fracking plans for North Yorkshire

North York Moors. Credit: PA

Residents of Kirby Misperton in the North York Moors are being urged to attend a public drop-in session today to find out more about a plan to start fracking in the area.

The Environment Agency is holding a month-long public consultation into plans by Third Energy UK to extract shale gas.

Third Energy drilled for samples at Kirby Misperton in 2013, and believes there could be a significant new gas reservoir in the area.

They believe this would provide a massive boost for the local economy.

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

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Every energy technology has associated risk

Researchers at Durham University have published a major report looking into the dangers of fracking. They say fracking, which involves fracturing rocks to release shale gas, is relatively safe. But drilling boreholes, whether for fracking or not, is potentially dangerous.

Richard Davies from Durham University says there is some sort of risk with every energy technology.

Fracking report released

Fracking releases energy trapped underground

Researchers at Durham University have published a major report looking into the dangers of fracking.

They say the process, which involves fracturing rocks to release shale gas, is relatively safe.

But they warn that drilling boreholes, whether for fracking or for any other reason, is potentially dangerous.

Full report: Is fracking coming to Teesside?

The issue of fracking is being highlighted on Teesside after it was confirmed that the process could take place there, as well as in parts of North Yorkshire.

Shale gas is present beneath western Redcar, covering South Bank and Grangetown, as well as in Stockton.

Unsurprisingly, it has caused controversy, with some saying fracking is not welcome in the North East, while others claim it could be the boost needed in areas of high unemployment. Our Teesside Correspondent Rachel Bullock reports:

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  1. Richard Wilson

What is fracking?

As fracking, and the controversy which surrounds it, moves a step closer to the region, many people admit that they are still unsure what it means.

So what exactly is fracking and why does it generate such strong feelings both for and against?

Richard Wilson has been looking at the science behind the controversial mining technique.

Teesside fracking: Full statement

Christopher Massey, Cabinet Member for Environment and Rural Affairs, has explained how energy companies would have to go through many stages of permission before they would be able to carry out fracking on Teesside.

"The Government has granted some licences which concern, amongst other areas, an area stretching east of Middlesbrough to the western edge of Redcar covering South Bank, Grangetown and north of the River Tees.

These licences grant the power to 'search and bore for and get' the Crown's resources, such as oil and gas.

However, before anyone does this they must also approach Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, as the minerals planning authority, for planning permission for exploration.

This is just one of several consents they would require."

– Christopher Massey, Cabinet Member for Environment and Rural Affairs

"The council has not received any enquiries from energy companies in respect of exploratory fracking operations.

Furthermore, at this stage it is not known if the fracking technique would be required and it may by that our local gas resources could be mined by more conventional means."

– Christopher Massey, Cabinet Member for Environment and Rural Affairs

Government grants stage-one access to Teesside for fracking

The Government has granted access to land stretching east of Middlesbrough to the western edge of Redcar, covering South Bank, Grangetown and north of the River Tees for the purposes of extracting oil and gas.

Before anyone does that, they must also approach Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council for planning permission.

The council has not received any enquiries from energy companies about fracking.

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