A mining company says its exploratory drilling for zinc in the Pennines is looking very promising.
The drilling is taking place in the Nenthead area, near Alston.
It was once a big mining area and in its time had one of the most productive lead mines in the country.
Canadian company Minco wants to bring mining back to the area around Nenthead if the mineral supplies are sufficient.
It could lead to the creation of between 300 and 500 jobs.
The exploratory work is expected to take several years.
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