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Ryedale District Council votes on five-year fracking ban

The Third Energy site in Kirby Misperton
Image caption Third Energy has applied to fracture underground rocks at a site near the village of Kirby Misperton

A district council has banned fracking in its area for five years, although a final decision on an existing plan will not be taken by the authority.

A motion objecting to moves to frack a well at Kirby Misperton was agreed by Ryedale District Council.

A public consultation is under way on the application by Third Energy.

The district council's position forms part of the consultation process - but the final decision will be made by North Yorkshire County Council.

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