Commenting on North Yorkshire County Council’s decision to grant permission for a shale gas extraction site, Dr Adam Marshall, Acting Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“This decision is a much-needed victory for pragmatism, in the face of the serious energy security problems Britain faces.

“Businesses will want to see speedy development of this and other shale gas sites, together with maximum environmental and community consideration, not endless appeals.

“Fracking has the potential to play a part in solving the UK’s energy crunch, and create new energy-related jobs in many areas.”