Scotland bans underground coal gasification

The Scottish government has decided it will not permit UCG due to concerns about its safety, contamination risks and carbon emissions

Underground coal gasification had been planned under the Firth of Forth. Photograph: NasaThe Scottish government has decided not to allow underground coal gasification (UCG) due to its potential impacts on workers and the environment.

Paul Wheelhouse, minister for business, innovation and energy, made the announcement in the Scottish parliament on 6 October, the same day that Whitehall confirmed shale gas fracking would go ahead in Lancashire.

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