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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Fracking Hell

Ministers "stepping up the search for shale" with new exploration rights to be offered to fracking firms next summer

Fracking could take place across more than half of Britain under plans announced by the Government to “step up the search” for shale gas and oil. Ministers said they would offer energy companies the chance for rights to drill across more than 37,000 square miles, stretching from central Scotland to the south coast.

Every county in England except Cornwall could have shale gas exploration, according to a map showing areas the Government plans to offer to energy companies.

A Government-commissioned report released on Tuesday said as many as 2,880 wells could be drilled, generating up to a fifth of the country’s annual gas demand at peak and creating as many as 32,000 jobs (for foreigners).

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