Encouraging Fracking, Britain Offers More Than 150 Sites for Exploration

New York Times: The British government, in an effort to stoke interest from energy companies in extracting fuels from shale rock, said on Thursday that it was offering licenses for oil and gas exploration on 159 tracts of land. The government said that 75 percent of the licenses being offered related to areas thought to contain shale gas or oil. Most of the blocks are in Northwest and Northeast England, and are believed to have substantial shale potential. “We need to get shale gas moving,” Britain’s energy minister,......

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