Press releases

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


Salinity and arsenic in SE Asia
Scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) have published a new paper in Nature Geoscience mapping out the quantity and quality of the world’s most important aquifer.


30 August 2016

Prospective shale gas resources in central Britain (published by DECC, 2013)

The British Geological Survey (BGS) have successfully retained a key geoscience consultancy role for the UK Government and will work closely with the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA). As part of the three year contract, the BGS will provide geoscience project services that aid the identification, definition and quantification of leads and prospects and provide input data to the calculation of undiscovered resource volumes.

The BGS have provided geoscience project services for the UK Government since the 1970s, including:

  • Advice and guidance on UK shale gas resources, including estimates for central Britain (Bowland Shale), south-east England, Midland Valley of Scotland, and Wales
  • National offshore geological and geophysical mapping programmes
  • Prospectivity for oil and gas exploration
  • Promotion of new oil and gas prospects
  • Custodian of the national collection of borehole core and cuttings

Robert Gatliff, BGS Science Director for Energy and Marine Geoscience said:

"BGS is delighted to continue our collaboration with the OGA and our geoscience colleagues in Government".

Gunther Newcombe, OGA Exploration, Production and Decommissioning Director, said:

"In order to fulfil OGA's goal to maximise economic value of the UKCS, it is vital we can independently assess remaining undiscovered resources and improve our geotechnical understanding.
"In addition, OGA is seeking to drive regional development and protect critical infrastructure while promoting the best application of new technologies. The award of these contracts provides a valuable, additional technical resource to the OGA’s Exploration, Production and Decommissioning team."


16 August 2016

Lithium
Mineral profile – Lithium is a new addition to the series of BGS mineral profiles.


3 August 2016

BGS Civils: strength
The British Geological Survey (BGS) has launched new datasets for informing ground engineering design called ‘BGS Civils’. The package includes a suite of seven engineering properties for soils and rocks nationwide including strength, bulking volumes and corrosivity and has been developed to facilitate desk study screening for ground engineering projects.


29 June 2016

iGeology icon
Professional and budding geologists across the UK are heading to the coast this summer hoping to do a bit of rock spotting alongside sunbathing and building sandcastles with their kids. Based on use of the popular geology app, iGeology, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has identified their top ten most popular coastal destinations in Great Britain. Armed with the latest version of the app they will be able to identify exactly what rocks they are looking at and get the full information on their geology from the databanks at the BGS.


15 June 2016

Dr Martin Smith
The British Geological Survey (BGS) are proud to announce that Dr Martin Smith, Science Director for BGS Global Geosciences, has received an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for his services to geological sciences.


10 June 2016

Prof John Ludden
The British Geological Survey (BGS) are proud to announce that Professor John Ludden has received a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to geoscience. Professor Ludden is an internationally leading earth scientist and the Executive Director of the BGS.


10 June 2016

Co2Geonet
The outcomes of the 11th CO2GeoNet Open Forum, including a short report, presentations and videos of speakers, are being uploaded at www.co2geonet.com.


26 May 2016

Water
It is widely appreciated that toxic arsenic in well water is a devastating environmental health issue overseas in developing countries such as Bangladesh. However, the British Geological Survey, along with a PhD student from The University of Manchester, have discovered high exposure to the chemical from private water supplies here in the UK.


9 May 2016

C02GeoNet
The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) last year in Paris represented a turning point for global climate change mitigation. At COP21, the decision makers and scientists unanimously asserted that urgent action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet the ambitious target of keeping average global temperature increase to less than 2°C as set out in the Paris Agreement.


5 May 2016