Underground Coal Gasification Threatens Tyneside & the North Sea, says Pauls Mobbs of FRAW in todays issue of the 'Ecologist'.
Ecocide? See here: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2817551/underground_coal_...
"In a move similar to the PR-inspired renaming of Windscale to Sellafield (as part of the Thatcher Government's promotion of new nuclear plants), today you're as likely to see UCG referred to as 'deep gas winning' - perhaps to avoid any similar reference the previous environmental disasters in its recent history."
"For the last couple of years the environment movement has been busy with 'fracking' and its ecological woes. At the same time, quietly, and with no public discussion, the Government has been putting in place a system of licences and financial assistance to kick-start a UCG industry in Britain.
"There's an awful lot of coal underground - potentially trillions of tonnes under the North Sea - which are out of reach of conventional deep mining techniques. The 'unconventional' techniques of UCG allow access to this coal by drilling boreholes, gasifying the coal in-situ underground, and then bringing a mixture of gases - called 'syngas' - to the surface.
Syngas is made up primarily of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, methane, and a whole range of other (often toxic) hydrocarbons and inorganic compounds, similar to the town gas produced in Britain from the early 1800s until the 1970s, which gave rise to some of the most problematic contaminated land sites in the country."
The two main players are identified as Cluff Natural Resources : http://www.cluffnaturalresources.com/
and, Five Quarter Energy: http://www.five-quarter.com/
who Mobbs claims are receiving UK Govt, and EU Funding.
Hmm Get Carter eh? now there's a coincidence ...
The BGS on how CO2 can be stored:
So, is the £300mil EU funding for CO2 storage off the East & North Yorkshire Coast purely for DRAX and the Whiterose project as claimed or is it to pave the way for UCG along our coastline?
If so what implications would UCG have for Doggerbank Windfarm? Are those oh so environmental (not) windturbines going to be used to generate the heat for Underground Coal Gasification?
And what about the fish?