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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Campaigner: We should be getting out of fossil fuels

Britain should be looking at renewable energy options rather than widespread fracking, an environmental campaigner has told ITV News.

Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth’s Policy and Campaigns Director, says to tackle climate change the country should be "getting out of fossil fuels, not getting into them".

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