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Fracking: Government grants stage-one access to Teesside

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.

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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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