Seven votes in favor to 4 in opposition. This was the result on May 23 in North Yorkshire that brings with it the first approval for fracking in the UK since 2011. The Conservative majority led planning committee opened up to drilling giving way to a large public reaction. The activity will be carried out by the company Third Energy, which will explore an existing gas well near Kirby Misperton. CEO Rasik Valand stated: "we have a huge responsibility to undertake this operation safely and without impacting on the local environment." Potential future large-scale production will require further permits.