Published: 13/01/2014 16:35 - Updated: 13/01/2014 16:58

Northamptonshire ruled out of fracking on day David Cameron announces £1.7m for councils which agree to drill for shale gas

Written byNICHOLAS BIEBER

Northamptonshire is not sitting on the fortune of frackable gas.

The county council has ruled itself out of fracking on a day when David Cameron has announced £1.7m for councils which agree to drill for shale gas.

However, they also added if fracking was to take place in the county, it would be most suitable in the south west area towards Oxford.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “We are not aware of any plans for fracking in Northamptonshire 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 consequently makes them far more attractive locations for fracking than Northamptonshire.”

Fracking involves drilling deep underground and pumping a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals to crack rocks and release gas stored inside.

The mining industry has pledged to give communities £100,000 for test drilling and another 1% of the revenues if shale gas is discovered.

The British Geological Survey estimates there may be 1,300 trillion cubic feet of shale gas present in the north of England.

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