Press releases

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

Lyell Centre
A pioneering global research centre for earth & marine science and technology was opened by Deputy First Minister John Swinney. Lyell Centre brings together the expertise of British Geological Survey with the academic innovation of Heriot-Watt University.

21 October 2016

Monitoring of methane in groundwater
The overturning of Lancashire County Council's rejection for permission to drill for shale gas means that it's possible that shale gas may be extracted commercially in the area.

6 October 2016

Giant's Causeway
A new book, launched today at Parliament Buildings, Belfast; 'Unearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland' tells how an unprecedented combined land and air survey of the 'land below ground' over the last 10 years has unearthed valuable natural resources, refined our understanding of the agri-environment and has identified naturally-occurring hazards.

4 October 2016

Seismologists David Hawthorne (BGS) and Simone Mancini (INGV) setting up seismometers before deployment
UK scientists from the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the University of Edinburgh set off this week to the earthquake affected area of central Italy. They will deploy seismometers to help better understand the science of aftershocks and how scientists might better assist global emergency response.

31 August 2016

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

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