Field in Xinchao
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China's quest to harvest shale gas

9 April 2013 Last updated at 11:25 BST

The village of Xinchao, in China's eastern province of Zhejiang, seems an unlikely place to start an energy boom - but resident have learnt that beneath them lies a vast potential supply of gas.

China's bold plan is to go from an absolute beginner to one of the world's biggest producers of shale gas within a decade, as John Sudworth reports.