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Fracking in Britain approved for first time since 2011

A cyclist gestures to demonstrators outside Lancashire County Hall in Preston, northwest England, on June 23, 2015 who are protesting against the applications from energy firm Cuadrilla to start two fracking operations in the UK on nearby sitesA shale gas fracking project won approval in Britain for the first time since 2011 on Monday as councillors in Yorkshire gave the go-ahead to a plan slammed by greens and locals. After listening to arguments for and against the scheme as protesters gathered outside, the North Yorkshire County Council voted 7-4 in favour of allowing the fracking to go ahead. “This is by far the most controversial application that we have ever had to deal with,” committee chairman Peter Sowray said.

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