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.
More top news
It is the start of the busiest time of the year for the RNLI which rescued 520 people on the North East coast last season.
Alan Bennett is charged with two counts of murder after the deaths of Lynne Freeman and Jodie Betteridge at their homes in Redcar in March.
Researchers in the US believe they may be a step closer to finding Captain Cook's ship, the Endeavour.