Study reveals South's shale gas and oil reserves

The British Geological Survey (BGS) publishes a long-awaited study into the extent of shale gas reserves in the south of England.

According to the Times it is expected to show reserves in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire.

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Map shows site of possible shale oil and gas reserves

This map shows possible location of shale oil and gas Credit: BGS

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 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 or 591 million tonnes.

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