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Lancashire fracking jobs claim is 'over-hyped'

The number of jobs that would be generated by the fracking industry in Lancashire has been “over-hyped”, Friends of the Earth (FoE) has claimed.

Energy firm Cuadrilla had previously said that fracking would create 1,700 jobs in Lancashire in the first year alone.

FoE said Cuadrilla’s silence over exactly how many jobs would be created by their test drilling at Preston New Road and Roseacre is down to the actual figure being severely low – just 11 at each site.

“That’s scant reward for the several years of disruption that the local communities would face,” said FoE senior UK climate campaigner Tony Bosworth.

FoE claims more employment opportunities would instead be created in the county by investing in renewable energy sources.

According to the independent UK Energy Research Centre, investing in renewables and energy efficiency would create more than six times as many jobs as gas per unit of power generated or saved, and around three times as many jobs for the same investment.