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Scotland Primed For Shale Gas Exploration

Will Nichols, BusinessGreen

The government has called for exploratory shale gas drilling between Edinburgh and Glasgow to determine how much oil and gas the region may hold.

A British Geological Survey (BGS) study published today estimates 80 trillion cubic feet of shale gas and six billion barrels of oil may be below the Midland Valley, but admits the amount recoverable is likely to be “substantially lower”, making a shale gas or oil bonanza unlikely.

Moreover, it says the region’s complex geology and historic mine workings make its estimates less certain than previous study areas, which predicted as much as 1,300 trillion cubic feet of gas could be held in the Bowland shale deposits in the north of England and 4.4 billion barrels of oil may lie in the Weald basin across the South of England.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said the uncertainty around the predictions means “exploratory drilling and testing is even more important” to gauge how much of the gas can be recovered.

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