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Shale gas harvesting could create 5,000 jobs

21 September 2011 Last updated at 16:11 BST

An energy firm which has been test drilling for shale gas in Lancashire has said it could create 5,000 jobs across the UK.

Cuadrilla Resources began testing for gas on the Fylde Coast in March, using a technique known as "fracking".

In a meeting in Blackpool on Wednesday, it said it has found a significant amount of gas and hopes to begin drilling commercially within two years.

The controversial technique involves the hydraulic fracturing of the ground using high-pressure liquid containing chemicals to release the gas.

Juditz Moritz reports.