Oil and gas leases to encroach on protected areas

More than a thousand square miles of English countryside is being opened to oil and gas licensing, and more areas, including protected sites, could be included in future

Several AONBs including the Forest of Dean are covered in the 14th licensing round (photograph: Andrea Greco/123RF)The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has earmarked 159 exploration blocks under its latest round of licensing, many of which include previously exempted protected areas.

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