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