Oil and gas licences awarded

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The Independent Online
The Government is awarding 22 new licences for on-land oil and gas exploration covering 74 blocks. The majority of the awards are in the East Midlands/Lincolnshire basin in which several oil and gas discoveries have been made.

Other awards have been made in less well-established areas including South Wales, Yorkshire and Humberside, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.