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."
"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."
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