As fracking, and the controversy which surrounds it, moves a step closer to the region, many people admit that they are still unsure what it means.
So what exactly is fracking and why does it generate such strong feelings both for and against?
Richard Wilson has been looking at the science behind the controversial mining technique.
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The poppies will adorn St Mary’s Heritage Centre on Gateshead Quays from November 5 to December 18.
Anna Maven is the wife of a SSI UK steelworker on Teesside. She has blogged about the moment she heard of the plant closure.
The Next Step Shop is being run by local charity Footprints in the Community, in addition to its Redcar Area Foodbank.