Third Energy’s Yorkshire fracking plans approved

The energy firm Third Energy’s plans to extract shale gas at its site Kirby Misperton, between Malton and Pickering, have been approved by the Environment Agency.

Fracking is the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, which will force open existing fissures and allow gas and oil to escape.

Their ‘Hydraulic Fracture Plan’ has been given the go ahead after submitting their proposal in July 2017, when Third Energy said they hoped to begin fracking before the end of the year.

No fracking has taken place in the UK since 2011, when tests were found to be the most probable cause of minor earthquakes on the Fylde coast.

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We are satisfied with Third Energy’s arrangements for monitoring during and after hydraulic fracturing. The Environment Agency is committed to ensuring that shale gas operations meet the highest environmental standards and can only go ahead if they are safe for people and the environment
— A spokesperson from the Environment Agency

Sources: BBC News and Energy Live News