The final decision on whether fracking can go ahead will come from meetings of the Council's Development Control Committee, which conclude on Friday, June 26. There is no guarantee it will follow the planning officers' recommendations.
Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into a well to extract oil or gas. The rocks are then fractured, and gas can escape to the surface through the cracks.
Its use in the U.S. has helped the country move closer to energy independence and become less dependent on oil imports.
However, the environmental dangers posed by fracking have concerned many. Drinking water reserves are a particular cause for concern among environmentalists. More than 30,000 people from around the U.K. have signed a petition against fracking in Lancashire.