Latest oil and gas leases likely to encroach on protected areas

More than 1,000 square miles of English countryside will be opened up to oil and gas, but the latest round has been held back for consultation on impacts.

by Paul Hatchwell
The bulk of blocks earmarked for exploration are in environmentally sensitive areas such as the North York Moors national park (photograph: Richard Semik/123RF)
The bulk of blocks earmarked for exploration are in environmentally sensitive areas such as the North York Moors national park (photograph: Richard Semik/123RF)

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