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The Beatles observed that there were 4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire. We might soon discover what they meant. The Bowland Shale, which runs under northwest England, could be the next big shale gas play – though it will require a lot of holes to prove it. Cuadrilla Resources is exploring in Lancashire: there was talk on Friday that Centrica was in talks to buy a slice of its acreage. This week IGas Energy said that a 300-square mile block of the region may have enough gas to meet the U.K.’s needs for 60 years. Cue excited talk of a U.K. gas renaissance.