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Underground Coal Gasification Collapse Shows Fragility Of Fracking

  • Newcastle based UCG company collapses
  • Despite £1 billion in loan guarantees
  • Could not find backers after 8 years
  • Big victory for communities UK-wide
  • Made UCG brand as toxic as its reality
  • Rebrand as “deep gas winning” failed
  • Licences will be picked up by others
  • But sets precedent, industry can be beaten
  • Shows fragility of fracking industry
  • Shale industry in US also in chaos
  • Fracking can be starved of investment
  • Community resistance key to success
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Underground Coal Gasification: Creating Hell On Earth

  • UCG involves burning coal underground
  • Same drilling technology as Shale/CBM
  • Produces Syngas (similar to Town Gas)
  • Toxic/Carcinogenic tars are byproduct
  • Process out in open environment
  • Small scale trials in past decades
  • Resulted in serious water contamination
  • Plans to burn billions of tons of coal
  • Would guarantee climate catastrophe
  • 24 UCG licenses approved around coast
  • Onshore licence being considered now
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Underground Coal Gasification: Hellfire and Damnation

  • UCG involves burning coal underground
  • Uses same drilling technology as shale gas
  • Previous tests resulted in serious water contamination
  • Large scale use would guarantee climate catastrophe
  • 24 UCG licenses approved around Britain
  • Swansea Bay likely to be site of first tests
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