A small energy company has become the second firm to apply for a licence to frack for gas in Britain, submitting an application for a site in the Vale of Pickering in Yorkshire, The Guardian has reported.
Third Energy has applied to use the controversial technique at a well at Kirby Misperton, about 25 miles from York, near Malton in Ryedale.
The site is close to the Flamingo Land theme park and holiday resort.
Protests against Third Energy’s plans have already been launched by local residents under the banner “Frack Free Ryedale”.
The company said gas extracted during the testing phase would be used to produce electricity at a nearby gas-fired power station, but if significant amounts were found, the gas would be sold to the National Grid.
Local planning officers are expected to take up to 13 weeks to decide whether or not to recommend that fracking gets the go ahead. A full council decision will follow later.
Third Energy’s well is located in the Bowland shale formation, which, experts estimate, contains the bulk of Britain’s shale gas resources.