Press releases

Press releases and announcements are compiled and issued by the BGS Press Office.


Falls of Clyde
A new project is seeking information on people's favourite local geological sites to help shape a geological trail in the Clyde and Avon valleys.


26 August 2015

NI Radon map
Households across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to test for radon gas, as a new map has highlighted further at-risk areas.


21 August 2015

CO2 stored logo
The Crown Estate and the British Geological Survey now offer free, licenced access to the CO2 Stored database for subscribers via a more user-friendly website.


20 August 2015

Sampling groundwater for dissolved methane.
A British Geological Survey (BGS) led consortium will be carrying out an independent environmental baseline monitoring programme across the Vale of Pickering in Yorkshire. This is the area where Third Energy UK Gas Limited has submitted a planning application to hydraulically fracture one of its wells1. The consortium also includes Public Health England (PHE) and the universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Loughborough, Manchester and York (National Centre for Atmospheric Science).


13 August 2015

Water drop
Phosphate that is put into our drinking water to prevent lead poisoning can potentially cause environmental damage as a result of leakage, according to a ground breaking study by the British Geological Survey and Lancaster University.


4 August 2015

West Thurrock model with geology and topology.

Following on from the scale model of Great Britain, BGS has taken another step into the world of Minecraft by creating three-dimensional representations of geology at several locations across the country.
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16 July 2015

Offshore surveying
A partnership between Marine Scotland Science (MSS), SAMS, Aberdeen University and British Geological Survey has been created as part of the MASTS deep-sea forum and they proposed a project to explore the largely unknown habitats and fauna of the remote deepwater Hatton-Rockall Basin.


13 July 2015

CO2
Over one hundred and thirty people from Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and South Korea met in Venice from 11 to 13 May 2015 to present and discuss the current state of play of Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) in terms of research achievements, policy, public outreach and business development. The theme of the 10th anniversary of the Open Forum was "CO2 storage – the cornerstone of our low carbon future".


4 June 2015

ERA logo
The Government has today confirmed £60 million for a new energy research project in the Midlands. The Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) is a multimillion research hub which will build on the expertise of six leading midlands universities, the British Geological Survey and the surrounding industrial base to deliver a step change in energy research and development, securing the UK’s leadership position in the sector.


19 March 2015

Architect's impression of the new Lyell Centre
On the 21st January 2015 a ground breaking ceremony heralded the start of the £20m Lyell Centre at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Campus. The Centre will be the Scottish headquarters for the British Geological Survey (BGS) as well as a major joint BGS/Heriot-Watt University research centre for geological, petroleum and marine sciences.


26 January 2015