Planning officials at North Yorkshire County Council have recommended councillors approve a plan for fracking at the Kirby Misperton gas field in Yorkshire.
The application by Third Energy could be approved next week. The plans have met with protests from some local groups, such as Friends of the Earth, who are concerned about the environmental impact.
The controversial site is the KM8 well, which Third Energy drilled in 2013. Samples were taken to assess the hydrocarbon potential and analysis of the area prompted the company to apply for permission to use hydraulic fracturing to stimulate gas flow from the sandstone and shale sections in order to assess the commercial potential of the site.
Third Energy said it had addressed a wide range of concerns regarding the application. “This work is reflected in the planning officer’s report together with the planning conditions proposed,” stated the company’s chief executive Rasik Valand. “We believe that this thorough report will enable North Yorkshire County Council to reach a positive determination on our application.”