News stories about BGS

A selection of recent news, that includes mentions of the British Geological Survey, reported in online news websites. Click on a heading link to read the full article.



Some of Scotland’s most densely populated communities are sitting on what could, quite literally, be a hotbed of limitless clean energy. The British Geological Survey and the Natural Environment Research Council, the UK’s main funding body for earth sciences, have unveiled plans to investigate the true scope of recovering heat from water trapped deep underground in abandoned mines in a pioneering new project that will be based in Glasgow.


15 August 2017

Gordon Waddington, chief executive of the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), examines the UK’s move towards a low carbon economy, and suggests that the Midlands is ideally placed to take advantage of the opportunities this will create. The ERA is a partnership of six of the Midlands’ outstanding research universities - Aston, Birmingham, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick, combined with the specialist expertise of the British Geological Survey.


11 August 2017

British Geological Survey (BGS) will set up an Asian Research and Innovation hub in Andhra Pradesh’s new Capital City Amaravati. They are keen to play a role in the development of Amaravati, by advising the state on all aspects of geoscience and providing impartial geological advice to industry, academia and the public.


10 August 2017

The largest earthquake to be felt in the west Highlands of Scotland in more than 30 years was recorded on Friday. The British Geological Survey (BGS) recorded the magnitude 3.8 tremor in the Moidart area just before 3.45pm. The BGS stated: "This earthquake was felt widely across the west of Scotland."


5 August 2017

A team of scientists is pursuing an energy source of the future. They have drilled down toward the center of the Earth, stopping short of a chamber of molten magma, a scalding pocket so hot it would melt a lead pipe. They aim to use that heat to power the world. “You have volcanic areas around the world and if we can get more out of it, it might have global implications,” says John Ludden, executive director of the British Geological Survey. “In reality, we may not be that far away.”


25 July 2017

People in the north west Highlands have reported feeling a small earthquake on Sunday morning. British Geological Survey (BGS) recorded a 2.3 magnitude earthquake at Badrallach, a few miles west of Ullapool, at about 09:00. BGS said the reports included descriptions of walls "visibly" shaking and windows rattling.


24 July 2017

Despite a lot of fine, dry weather in some areas, it was the wettest June on record for Scotland and the sixth wettest June for the UK as a whole. The assessment is contained in the latest monthly hydrological summary for the UK, the most authoritative analysis of water resources status in the country. The monthly summaries are produced by the National Hydrological Monitoring Programme, operated by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in conjunction with the British Geological Survey.


18 July 2017

A SONIC event has been blamed for rumbling noises and rattling windows last night. British Geological Survey seismologist Davie Galloway confirmed the vibrations were too slow to have been an earthquake. Instead the vibrations were measured to be at the speed of sound, which led to the conclusion that it was likely to have been a sonic event, such as a plane going supersonic.


18 July 2017

Scientists will investigate how fracking can affect drinking water and its role in earthquake tremors. Professor Michael Stephenson, director of science and technology at the British Geological Survey, which has undertaken four major surveys of the shale resource, said there appeared to be key differences between shale in the UK and in the US, where fracking first took off.


5 July 2017

Today, a paper providing an assessment of the resource base for engineered geothermal systems in Great Britain was released by the British Geological Survey, providing an estimated technical potential of 2,280 MW.


21 June 2017