UK TAKES STEPS FOR FRACKING
The Oil and Gas Authority of the UK has awarded a raft of new licences to explore for oil and gas on the UK mainland. The 93 licences to explore 159 blocks of land could pave the way for more controversial hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking. Large parts of North East and North West England have been opened up for exploration. There are also license blocks in the Midlands, the South of England and Wales. Around 75% of the exploration licences relate to shale oil and gas, which typically requires fracking. The Oil & Gas Authority said a total of 95 applications for licences were received from 47 companies, covering 295 Ordnance Survey Blocks.