The Environment Agency has approved Third Energy’s plans to frack in North Yorkshire.
The energy firm intends to extract shale gas at its site at Kirby Misperton.
Its Hydraulic Fracture Plan, which set out how the firm would control and monitor the process, has been given the green light following a “thorough” assessment.
A spokesperson from the Environment Agency said: “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.”
The Agency adds its staff will carry out regular onsite checks and audits to ensure the firm is meeting the high standards required.