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Areas offered in North West for fracking exploration

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

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

The map of North West areas Credit: Oil and Gas Authority

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

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