A CONTROVERSIAL fracking licence covering an area of Barnsley is to be offered by the government to energy firm Cuadrilla.

It could bring the process of releasing gas from deep below the earth's surface to Barnsley for the first time.

The area covered includes Darfield, Great Houghton, Grimethorpe, Thurnscoe, Bolton-upon-Dearne, Goldthorpe, Wath, West Melton, Brampton and Mexborough.

Green activists warn of a threat to the environment from pollution, noise and drilling.

But Cuadrilla says fracking will bring down energy bills, boost the economy and create up to 64,000 jobs.

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