North Yorkshire is the first region in the U.K to be fracked since 2011. This is a groundbreaking development for the oil industry.

The controversial oil exploration technique infuses sand, chemicals, and massive amounts of water under high pressure into rock, causing it to fracture, thereby releasing oil and gas captured therein millions of years ago.

A North Yorkshire Conservative-dominated Council near the village of Kirby, Misperton, was the first to approve a similar development. That...

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