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Shale gas profits

On 19 December 2012 the Conservative MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, Eric Ollerenshaw, led a Westminster Hall debate on the community share of shale gas profits

The government has given the go-ahead for a firm to resume the technique known as fracking to exploit gas in Lancashire.

In fracking, a mixture of water, sand and some chemicals is pumped into a well under high pressure to force the gas from the rock.

Environmentalists say fracking has been associated with pollution of water through the chemicals involved in the process, as well as leakage of methane.

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