Underground coal gasification, sometimes referred to as UCG, is a form of unconventional gas extraction. It involves setting coal on fire under the ground and processing the burned gas into synthetic gas to use for energy.
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Why is it bad?
- Can’t always control fire
- Lots of issues with chemicals migrating to the surface including benzenes and other cancer-causing agents
- Subsistence also referred to as sink holes have occurred
- Keeps us addicted to fossil fuels
- Threatens investment in renewable technologies
Current UK licenses
- Central Firth of Forth
- Dee Estuary
- Liverpool Bay
- Loughor Estuary
- South Humber
- Swansea Bay
- Thames Estuary
- West Cumbria