A decision on whether to allow fracking or not at a site in North Yorkshire is to be taken next month.
The county council will be considering Third Energy’s planning application to test for shale gas at an existing well site near Kirby Misperton and ultimately produce gas from it.
The local authority said it is currently finalising the report following detailed information provided by the company along with responses from more than 4,000 representations.
It added: “The county council recognises that there is likely to be significant public interest in the committee meeting and is therefore making all necessary arrangements to ensure the meeting is managed safely and effectively.”
It will also be visiting the site prior to the meeting on 20th May.
Third Energy has agreed to the further extension and said it has taken “every possible step” to minimise disruption to the local community and ensure the project won’t impact the environment.
Chief Executive Rasik Valand added: “We look forward to the planning committee members’ visit to the operating well site in Kirby Misperton as they will have the opportunity to see the well site as it operates, understand the environmental protection measures already in place and the high standards to which the site was built.
“The hydraulic fracturing and testing is a key step towards determining the viability of producing gas from this hybrid sandstone and shale formation in North Yorkshire.”
Last week the company was granted environmental permits to carry out hydraulic fracturing at the site by the Environment Agency.