Press releases

Press releases and announcements are compiled and issued by the BGS Press Office.


Water drop
Phosphate that is put into our drinking water to prevent lead poisoning can potentially cause environmental damage as a result of leakage, according to a ground breaking study by the British Geological Survey and Lancaster University.


4 August 2015

West Thurrock model with geology and topology.

Following on from the scale model of Great Britain, BGS has taken another step into the world of Minecraft by creating three-dimensional representations of geology at several locations across the country.
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16 July 2015

Offshore surveying
A partnership between Marine Scotland Science (MSS), SAMS, Aberdeen University and British Geological Survey has been created as part of the MASTS deep-sea forum and they proposed a project to explore the largely unknown habitats and fauna of the remote deepwater Hatton-Rockall Basin.


13 July 2015

CO2
Over one hundred and thirty people from Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and South Korea met in Venice from 11 to 13 May 2015 to present and discuss the current state of play of Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) in terms of research achievements, policy, public outreach and business development. The theme of the 10th anniversary of the Open Forum was "CO2 storage – the cornerstone of our low carbon future".


4 June 2015

ERA logo
The Government has today confirmed £60 million for a new energy research project in the Midlands. The Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) is a multimillion research hub which will build on the expertise of six leading midlands universities, the British Geological Survey and the surrounding industrial base to deliver a step change in energy research and development, securing the UK’s leadership position in the sector.


19 March 2015

Architect's impression of the new Lyell Centre
On the 21st January 2015 a ground breaking ceremony heralded the start of the £20m Lyell Centre at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Campus. The Centre will be the Scottish headquarters for the British Geological Survey (BGS) as well as a major joint BGS/Heriot-Watt University research centre for geological, petroleum and marine sciences.


26 January 2015

Monitoring and testing future energy in the UK
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne last week announced that the Government will allocate £31 million of funding to create world-class subsurface research test centres through the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). This will establish world-leading knowledge which will be applicable to a wide range of energy technologies including shale gas and carbon capture and storage.


19 January 2015

Monitoring of methane in groundwater

The British Geological Survey (BGS) plans to expand its existing national environmental monitoring programmes by carrying out independent detailed research in areas of the UK that may see shale gas exploration and production. In a UK first, this will include independent monitoring during hydraulic fracturing ('fracking') subject to planning approvals at two proposed shale gas exploration sites in Lancashire. All results of this research will be open and made freely available to the public.



15 January 2015

Geomagnetic field chart
A new set of charts predicting the Earth’s magnetic field for the next five years have been released by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


18 December 2014

G-BASE south-west map example
The British Geological Survey’s G-BASE project is proud to announce the release of geochemical data for the south-west of England


11 December 2014