Differing views have emerged over possible fracking on sites such as Ince Marshes.
Cheshire West and Chester Council leader Mike Jones believes the controversial process will be safe.
Energy companies searching for gas trapped in underground shale are already investigating potential sites on the marshes and elsewhere in the borough.
It is believed the economic benefits could be substantial but environmentalists fear chemicals pumped into the rock under pressure to release the gas could leak into ground water.
Cllr Jones, speaking in his capacity as chairman of the Local Government Association’s environment and housing board, told BBC Radio Five Live he believed the industry will operate safely.
He said: “We want to ensure that there are proper environmental and safety rules put in place and we are confident the regulatory authorities in the UK will do that very well as they do with many other industries – many of them perceived to be very dangerous but we operate with them cheek by jowl, particularly industrial areas, because they are safe.”
Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged councils would keep 100% of business rates collected from fracking developments, described by Labour environment spokesman on the council, David Robinson, as a ‘bribe’, with affected communities allowed to keep 1% of revenues.
But Cllr Jones suggests that due to the impact drilling would have on local communities, these areas should not be short-changed and ‘returns should be more in line with payments across the rest of the world and be set at between five and 10%’.
Cllr Robinson argues Cllr Jones’s ‘over enthusiastic welcome’ for fracking in Cheshire West cannot go unchallenged.
“It really is time to pause and take a serious look at the issue both locally and nationally,” he feels and ‘the potential benefits are being overhyped’ in the dash for gas.
“The government’s chief scientific advisor has already questioned that fracking is unlikely to reduce energy prices in the same way as it appears to have done in the US.
“Experts say that the cost of extracting gas by this method in the UK will be much higher.
“The wider issue is that shale gas cannot come at the expense of our climate change commitments. An increase in its use will not cause a decline in greenhouse gases.
“The commitment and investment in renewables, energy efficient homes and businesses must be at the forefront of our thinking and priority should be given to developing predictable renewable technologies, including carbon capture and storage.”
He concluded: “Whatever the view is on fracking a strong regulatory environment has to be in place and so far the government has not met these concerns.
“So whether you live near a potential site such as Ince Marshes or are concerned about climate change there are serious questions to be asked.”
The borough council has confirmed that at present there are no applications for extraction.