27 blocks have been awarded to oil and gas companies, a further 132 blocks will be offered later after an environmental assessment. This announcement follows just days after new “Fast track” fracking application process was announced by the Energy Secretary.
Not everyone is happy.
Greenpeace ” Starting a gun to the fight for the future of our countryside…hundreds of battles will spring up to defend our rural landscape”.
RSPB ” The Government is today dolling out new fracking licences for areas of the U.K. that put some of our most precious wildlife sites under threat”
FOE ” Offering licences to frack will cause more anxiety for people living under the cloud of fracking. The Government is allowing companies to drill right through aquifers that are used to supply drinking water”.
Oil and Gas Authority web page.
The Guardian reports the licence release.