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North Yorkshire fracking plan considered again

The proposed site is close to Kirby Misperton Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

An application to frack for shale gas at a site in North Yorkshire will be considered again by county councillors today.

A vocal crowd of anti-fracking campaigners greeted the council's planning committee at County Hall in Northallerton on Friday, when it began considering the plan.

On that day, members heard from dozens of people who oppose to the scheme on environmental and economic grounds. Today councillors are due to hear from those in favour.

The plan, from the company Third Energy, centres on its site close to Kirby Misperton, between Malton and Pickering. It wants to test for shale gas at an existing well. The firm says it has been drilling wells and producing gas safely and discreetly there for over twenty years and will continue to maintain their same standards in future.

Council officers have recommended the scheme is approved.

Opponents of fracking gathered outside County Hall on Friday Credit: ITV News

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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.

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.

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