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No prospect of shale gas drilling in near future

David Cameron launches the Government's initiative on fracking at Gainsborough in Lincolnshire

David Cameron launches the Government's initiative on fracking at Gainsborough in Lincolnshire

Central government this week announced incentives for local authorities which accept controversial shale gas fracking.

But as yet there seems to be no imminent prospect of exploratory drilling in the Advertiser and Review region.

Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, is the process of extracting shale gas from rock layers deep under the earth’s surface.

On Monday, Prime Minister David Cameron announced local authorities would get £100,000 for allowing exploratory drilling and receive one per cent of the revenues if shale gas is produced, as well as keeping 100 per cent of the business rates generated.

A Bucks County Council spokesman said: “As there are no planning applications pending to prospect for oil or gas, there is no opportunity for Bucks to take advantage of the government’s recent business rate incentive offer.”

A spokesman for Northants County Council said: “We are not aware of any plans for fracking in Northants and have received no applications to carry out any exploratory work. “We do not anticipate such applications coming forward as there are large areas elsewhere in the country that have the geology that makes them far more attractive locations for fracking than Northants.”

A spokesman for Oxon County Council said: “At the moment there are no planning applications, and we are not aware that any are to be made.”

 

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