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The GMB Union has welcomed North Yorkshire County Council's 'pragmatic' decision to approve a bid from Third Energy to frack for shale gas.
It says shale gas extraction presents a 'significant opportunity' to maintain energy security and promote skilled job creation in the UK.
The council's planning committee has voted in favour of extracting shale gas at an existing two mile deep well near Kirby Misperton in Ryedale. It's the first time in five years that the industry has been given the go-ahead in the UK for the exploration of shale gas.
A viability test will take place on the well, drilled in 2013, and if the site is suitable, consent has been given for shale gas extraction for nine years.
The chief executive of Third Energy, which has been given approval to frack for shale gas in North Yorkshire, says it is not celebrating a victory, but sees it as a 'huge responsibility'.
Rasik Valand also says it will be some time before any activity is seen in the area of Kirby Misperton.
North Yorkshire Police has praised those who took part in protests for the "fracking" planning application decision in Northallerton.
The two-day meeting, which concluded today (Monday 23 May 2016), saw hundreds of people gather to air their views outside County Hall, North Yorkshire County Council.
Police say the atmosphere largely remained good natured while they and North Yorkshire County Council facilitated lawful protest. No arrests were made.
Superintendent Dave Hannan, Head of Specialist Operations at North Yorkshire Police, said: "This issue has generated a great deal of feeling in the local community and beyond. It also has potential to boil over into public disorder and unlawful behaviour.
"North Yorkshire Police worked closely with North Yorkshire County Council and liaised with representatives from all sides of this issue to mitigate this concern, whilst fulfilling our duty to facilitate lawful protest.
Greenpeace has criticised the decision by North Yorkshire council to allow Third Energy to frack for shale gas in the near the village of Kirby Misperton.
Daisy Sands, Greenpeace's head of energy campaign said: "Given the pro-fracking bias from central government, there was an air of inevitability about this bitterly disappointing decision."
"It is striking that the overwhelming number of speakers giving evidence at the two-day hearing were against fracking and Ryedale Parish Council voted against fracking at its back door, but North Yorks Council has overlooked this and the many, many concerns that were raised locally."
"But this isn't over and people will continue to raise their very valid concerns and keep fighting against fracking because it will industrialise the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and contribute to climate change," she added.
North Yorkshire council's chief executive Richard Flinton has said the decision to allow Third Energy to frack in Kirby Misperton was "very difficult" but won't have a bearing on future applications.
Mr Flinton said: "This has been a very difficult decision for the council to make and we know it is a difficult decision for the people of this county."
"We are proud of our beautiful county which attracts so many visitors and maintains a thriving tourism industry. We have no intention of jeopardising those qualities and our rural industries and livelihoods."
"In this case there has already been drilling for gas on this site over many years. The decision taken today does not have a bearing on future decisions. Each application of this nature will be decided upon based on its own merits," he added.
The Acting Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce has said the fracking verdict in North Yorkshire is a "much-needed victory for in the face of the serious energy security problems Britain faces".
He said: "Businesses will want to see speedy development of this and other shale gas sites, together with maximum environmental and community consideration, not endless appeals."
"Fracking has the potential to play a part in solving the UK's energy crunch, and create new energy-related jobs in many areas," he added.
Meanwhile, North Yorkshire councillor Peter Sowray has said he was "comfortable with the outcome" as "it's just one well":
Friends of the Earth has called North Yorkshire County Council's approval of fracking in North Yorkshire as 'an absolute travesty of a decision'.
Meanwhile Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom said fracking is a 'fantastic opportunity' which will help jobs and the economy.
An application to frack for shale gas at a site in Kirby Misperton, near Pickering has been approved by North Yorkshire County Council.
Councillors meeting at County Hall in Northallerton voted seven to four in favour of proposal by Third Energy, paving way for first fracking in UK for five years.
Anti-fracking protestors were warned to stay within the law as the plans were debated.
After the decision around 200 protestors started chanting 'we shall overcome' outside County Hall.
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