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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There's a change on the way.
Tyrone Quinn has been jailed for six years and nine months for killing 17-year-old James Docherty
Richard Ian Walker from Scarborough was found at a flat int the town on Thursday.