This is the map from the official publication which records the application for a permit.
PLEASE NOTE: exploration can take place anywhere within this defined area – which is huge, over 5700 sq.kms, covering most of the Lot and parts of Tarn-et-Garonne and the Dordogne. At this point, we have no idea where exactly they plan to drill first, although Puy-leveque and Luzech were mentioned at the meeting in Montcuq, I have not had any confirmation of this.
Also, please bear in mind, that even if you live outside of the area of demarcation, water and air do not respect these boundaries and pollution is free to travel under or over the ground, so potentially an even greater area would be affected. That’s not to mention the impact on the roads of hundreds of heavy trucks that may be trundling past you.
At this time, the permit for this area has not yet been approved.
Interestingly, this Cahors permit, and the other one applied for by 3Legs Oil & Gas (aka 3Legs Resources and Lane Energy), called the Valence permit, cover MUCH larger areas than most other onshore permits or applications.
And here is the view of the whole of France, as of Jan 2011. The grey areas are for new applications.
You can download this map from http://www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/france_tm_01_2011.pdf