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Peer: Frack in 'desolate' North

George Osborne's father-in-law has told shocked peers that fracking should be carried out in the North East of England where there are "large, uninhabited and desolate areas." Lord Howell was energy secretary under Margaret Thatcher.

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Shale resources found across northern England

The British Geological Survey recently published an assessment of the shale gas resources in the Bowland Shale, an area stretching across a swathe of northern England and the Midlands.

Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire. Credit: Geoff Kirby/Press Association Images

It identified a large area in the North East which had shale resources, which stretches into the North York Moors National Park. Shale resources also occur under the Peak District National Park.

In addition the BGS assessment showed shale gas resources in heavily populated areas including around Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Doncaster and Wakefield.

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