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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