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British Geological Survey (BGS)
New research from the University of Nottingham, supported by the British Geological Survey (BGS) and published in Nature Communications, has found through new, innovative techniques that resources within the Bowland Shale Formation could be lower than first thought.

2019-08-20


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.

2016-10-06


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.

2015-01-15


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The British Geological Survey (BGS) in partnership with The Environment Agency (EA) have today, for the first time, published a series of maps which show the depth to each shale gas and oil source rock below principal groundwater aquifers in England and Wales. Understanding the distance between the two is important when assessing the environmental risks of shale gas and oil exploitation.

2014-07-03


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The British Geological Survey (BGS) in association with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has completed an estimate for the amount of shale gas and oil in the Midland Valley of Scotland.

2014-06-30


Weald Basin Study Area
The British Geological Survey (BGS) in association with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has completed an estimate for the amount of shale oil and shale gas in the Weald Basin in south-east England. The estimate is in the form of a range to reflect geological uncertainty. The range of shale oil in place is estimated to be between 2.20 and 8.57 billion barrels (bbl) or 293 and 1,143 million tonnes, but the central estimate for the resource is 4.4 billion bbl...

2014-05-23


Bowland shale gas study area
The British Geological Survey in association with DECC has completed an estimate for the resource (gas-in-place) of shale gas in part of central Britain in an area between Wrexham and Blackpool in the west, and Nottingham and Scarborough in the east.

2013-06-27


Baseline groundwater sampling
The British Geological Survey is undertaking a new project to establish the baseline of methane levels in groundwater throughout the UK. Evidence from the USA has shown very high methane concentrations in groundwater in areas of shale gas …

2011-12-16