Fracking has got the go-ahead in the UK for the first time since 2011, after councillors in Yorkshire granted planning permission for the controversial process to take place in Ryedale. North Yorkshire county council's planning committee voted by seven to four to approve Third Energy's plans to frack at a site near Kirby Misperton, following a two-day evidence hearing. The decision marks a major milestone for the fledgling shale gas industry in the UK, which has been plagued by delays and rejections despite the enthusiastic support of Government. Fracking could now take place before the end of the year, if opponents do not delay it by bringing a legal challenge against the decision. Friends of the Earth confirmed it was “considering judicial review” against the approval.