SCOTLAND PLACES MORATORIUM ON UNDERGROUND COAL GASIFICATION
Scotland announced on October 8, 2015, that it is extending the ban on shale gas imposed in January to include a moratorium on underground coal gasification (UCG). UCG is a process where gas is extracted through the injection of oxidants into underground coal deposits, followed by heating them to temperatures that permit the gases to escape. Scotland is planning to delve into an in-depth investigation of both shale gas fracking and UCG. After the investigations, slotted to be completed in 2017, the Scottish government will determine whether or not to retain bans on shale gas and UCG. The Scottish government’s position on UCG and shale gas is in direct conflict with the pro-shale position of Prime Minister David Cameron. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/10/08/us-britain-shale-scotland-idUKKCN0S21BO20151008.