Underground Coal Gasification – burning the ground from under our feet
While fracking continues to dominate the headlines, the extractive industries are pushing forward with yet another extreme and unproven fossil fuel extraction process known as underground coal gasification. Heralded by the industry as yet another way to provide ‘cleaner’ energy and provide energy security it is in reality a false solution that would continue to lock us into carbon-based energy sources.
Not only does climate science demand that we leave these fossil fuels in the ground, but evidence from trials around the world points to inherent and unacceptably high environmental and health risks associated with underground coal gasification. We are calling on the Scottish Government to extend its moratorium on shale gas fracking and coalbed methane drilling to include underground coal gasification.