PM hears of shale gas potential near Gainsborough

David Cameron's team has tweeted a picture of the Prime Minister at a gas facility near Gainsborough in Lincolnshire.

Energy firm Total had earlier confirmed it had spent £30m on two shale gas exploration licences for the area.

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Hearing about the huge potential for jobs & growth from shale at an IGas site on the Lincs/Notts border #LongTermPlan http://t.co/w2LIj4YyGy

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PM favours 'cash for homes' near shale drilling sites

David Cameron said he favours cash payments to householders in compensation for the inconvenience caused by shale gas drilling near their properties.