Hull Isn’t The UK’s Largest Onshore Gas Field – Nothing Like

To continue a theme, if only today’s journalists had a bit of bottom, actually had some experience of the outside world. In this case, the idea that a rather minor find near Hull is the UK’s largest gas field since whenever is just nonsense:

A trio of energy companies have struck gold after discovering what could potentially be the country’s largest onshore gas field near Hull. Reabold Resources, Union Jack Oil and Rathlin Energy said initial analysis of a well drilled in the ground in West Newton, just a few miles north east of Hull, indicated the site could house some 189bn cubic feet of gas – roughly enough energy to power 3.4 million homes for an entire year. If correct, it would dwarf the UK’s biggest onshore gas field at Saltfleetby in Lincolnshire, which was home to 73 billion cubic feet. It would be the biggest land-based hydrocarbon discovery in the UK since 1973.

Just gargle, wibble. The Bowland Shale being explored by Cuadrilla and others is vastly, hugely, larger. And just because it’s in shale doesn’t mean it’s not a gas field nor a gas find.

Hasn’t the Telegraph noticed all those Swampies shouting about this? The rules on drilling after earthquakes and all that?

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In light of the ever decreasing sales of the print press, for reasons of both economics and mutual incompetence, the Guardian and Telegraph might merge to become the Guardiagraph; we could then get misleading nonsense more easily and save trees (and/or electrons) whilst doing so.

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“a well drilled in the ground”. And an excellent location to do drilling for fossil fuels.

Jonathan Harston
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There’s gas been pumped out of the ground near Pickering for getting on for 40 years, from a field with 250 billion cubic feet in it.

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If I ran the UK (don’t worry, it’s impossible), I’d try underground gasification of coal. The town gas, with plenty of CO2, isn’t as good as natural gas, but you could run your turbines on it with an occasional jolt of methane. It was banned in Queensland, of course, at the instance of the gas industry.