The Global Warming Policy Forum welcomes the decision by North Yorkshire County Council to allow hydraulic fracturing to take place at Third Energy’s Kirby Misperton site.
The decision will allow the development of shale gas exploration to take place for the first time since 2011, helping to kick-start an industry that can bring much needed jobs and investment to Yorkshire and the North of England.
The council’s decision is based on the expert evidence; it is in line with the planning inspector’s formal recommendation and with the Environment Agency, who have awarded Third Energy multiple environmental permits.
The GWPF hopes that the decision will set an example for other councils to follow.
“Shale exploration is clearly in the national interest. A thriving shale industry can provide Britain with an efficient energy source, cheaper energy bills and much enhanced energy security,” said GWPF director Benny Peiser.