About half the country is being opened up to
fracking for shale gas and oil today, various
reported this morning. Here's everything you
need to know about UK fracking.
What's shale gas?
Shale gas is normal gas, extracted from
shale rock using a technique known as fracking, or
hydraulic fracturing of the rock. Our full briefing on the fuel
What has been announced today?
The government has opened the 14th
onshore oil and gas licensing round. A
licensing round is when firms get the chance
to apply for exclusive rights to search for and extract oil and gas
from beneath blocks of land measuring 10 by 10
The round announced today closes on 28 October
this year. The last round was held six years ago when few had heard
It is only four years since the first
exploratory well to look for shale gas in the UK was
tremors caused by early shale exploration
operations in 2011 delayed the launch of the 14th licensing round,
preparations for which had also begun in 2010.
Today's announcement and any licenses handed out as
a result do not grant permission to actually start fracking. Other
regulatory permissions are required first - see