Fracking licence bidding to open as National Parks are protected

The bidding process for licences to explore shale gas will open today, the government has announced.

The government is committed to going "all out for shale", claiming it is important for energy security, jobs and the economy.

Critics argue shale gas - which is extracted by the process of fracking - is damaging to the environment with the risk of water pollution.

Ministers are also expected to announce that National Parks will be protected from the practice unless there are "exceptional circumstances".

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Bidding process for fracking licences set to open

The bidding process for licences to explore shale gas will open today, the government has announced.

A test for fracking is pictured in Manchester, as the latest bidding process for licences open today. Credit: PA Wire

The government is committed to going "all out for shale", claiming it is important for energy security, jobs and the economy.

But critics argue shale gas - which is extracted by the process of fracking - is damaging to the environment with the risk of water pollution.

The licences will allow companies to start test drilling, but they will still need to gain planning permission and environmental permits before further drilling can occur.

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