One of the barriers in getting the public onboard on this issue has been the fact that people really dont think its going to affect them, unless they are actually within line of site of a rig! Well, you couldn't be more wrong. The operators have a large licence area so theoretically they could apply for planning to the appropriate council, to drill anywhere in that licenced area.
If you live anywhere within the blue square above [PEDL165 CR / AJLUCAS] you might like to consider how this issue will affect you if the operators do indeed start drilling in your back yard?
Not in the North West? See THIS map covering the UK showing licence areas and potential drilling / fracking sites.
DECC Overview map of UK
Overview of all UK oil and gas exploration (fracking sites are green dots) https://www.og.decc.gov.uk/information/bb_updates/maps/landfields_lics.pdf
Licence Data by Block