New map shows potential fracking sites

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A new map released by the government today, August 18, appears to show areas of south Lancaster earmarked for oil and gas drilling.

The Oil and Gas Authority’s 14th Onshore Licensing Round shows “blocks” of the country that either currently have licenses, will be offered for award in first tranche, or are subject to appropriate assessment.

Two green blocks indicating areas subject to appropriate environmental assessment can be seen just to the south of Lancaster, covering areas including the Lune Estuary, Glasson Dock, Cockerham, Bailrigg, Galgate and Dolphinholme.

Large swathes of the north of England have also been earmarked for potential exploration.

Altogether, across the country, a further 132 areas are set to be awarded licenses subject to further environmental assessment and conditions to protect wildlife and habitats.

Last week, the government announced it would be looking to fast-track fracking applications where appropriate.

Consultations on the licensing of new areas in England will now take place.