Areas offered in North West for fracking exploration

The Trough of Bowland has been offered as an area for exploration Credit: Creative Commons

Almost 40 areas in the North West have been offered as sites to explore for shale gas fracking.

Of the offered areas there are:

  • Eight new blocks in Cheshire - from Nantwich to Knutsford

  • Seven in Greater Manchester including Rochdale Wigan and Altrincham

  • Two in Sefton which includes Formby whose coastline is an area of special conservation

  • Eight blocks across Lancashire from Ormskirk to Burnley, including the Trough of Bowland AONB

  • Three in Cumbria including Barrow and Dalton in Furness