Massive UK oil shale deposit can be extracted without ‘fracking’

Posted: August 27, 2015 by oldbrew in Energy, Geology, shale oil

UK shale oil - green for go? [image credit: glaconservatives]

UK shale oil – green for go? [image credit: glaconservatives]

The huge reserves at Horse Hill are in shale beds that are fractured naturally, as reports.

At least 10 billion barrels of potential oil is thought to lie in the Horse Hill shale licence area in the south of the country, a British group said. U.K. Oil and Gas Ltd. said an independent assessment from oil services company Schlumberger found a mean 10.9 billion barrels of oil in place in a 55 square-mile area of the Horse Hill basin.

U.K. Oil and Gas Chairman Stephen Sanderson said the independent analysis predicts “significant” oil volumes and gives further support for development plans.

The company early this year said the reserves at Horse Hill are in shale beds that are fractured naturally, meaning extraction may be carried out using conventional techniques.

Full report: British oil group reviews substantial shale oil deposit –

  1. Andrew says:

    Could London be the next big shale deposit.

  2. oldbrew says:

    In April 2015 they were talking of 50-100 billion barrels, or even ‘that the local area could hold 158 million barrels of oil per square mile.’

    So what they are confirming now is what they think they can extract.
    ‘We believe we can recover between 5% and 15% of the oil in the ground.’

  3. p.g.sharrow says:

    OMG! That nasty stuff is buried all over the place. The Ecoloons will have a conniption fit over this. Just when they were sure that the World was running out of oil there is a glut with more to come.
    What the World really needs is a lot less Liberal Progressive Ecoloons building roadblocks in front of those of us that want to improve life for all people…pg

  4. Wayne Job says:

    Strange is it not that we live on a watery world,and oil floats, yet it is deep underground, in some places the odd thousand feet or two below ground. Perhaps the world makes oil, not possible to bury that many dinosaurs that far down, to make that much oil you would need billions of them all in one place. ???

  5. oldbrew says:

    Wayne Job: yes, something doesn’t quite add up with fossil fuel theory.

    Fossil fuels puzzle:

  6. ivan says:

    Oh dear, this is a terrible blow to the eco-freaks that were expecting the oil to cost more. They were so sure that the price of oil would keep on rising that that they based all their assumptions and recommendations on it and conned the government because of it.

    Now can we expect the likes of the LSE mob to start eating humble pie?

  7. p.g.sharrow says:

    ivan says; “Now can we expect the likes of the LSE mob to start eating humble pie?”

    Nah! Those people have been singing the same song for thousands of years. Their music stays the same, they just change the wording as needed.

    Bottom line “Give Us your money and control of your lives and we will SAVE you from the disaster that WE know is is coming. That line Always works on some people. When a con works, no need to change it. “Never give a sucker an even break.” Organized religions and cults are based on this.

    For nearly 70 years I have been watching this and it is always the same thing. Put them out of business in one area and they just pop up under a new banner. pg

  8. tchannon says:

    ” Put them out of business in one area and they just pop up under a new banner. pg”

    I confirm this. Running battle.

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    So about a 20 year supply for the UK… nice. But by 2035, will need to improve extraction methods. 🙂

  10. michael hart says:

    A 20 year supply of oil royalties from supplying the whole nation is plenty for any politician.
    But what exactly has changed that these deposits weren’t discovered before?

  11. tchannon says:

    Nothing, we’ve known there is coal and other stuff down there… look at local geology maps for example from 18xx. Extraction has gone on quietly for many years.

    Traditionally we mine coal. Some minor oil extraction has gone on for many years. I suspect it was as much to do with the small size of the UK relative to how oil producing areas are seen, too small. Plus of course the notoriously awkward people. Can’t do anything and then only for lots of money or other snout. Also remember the history, kingdom, owns everything.

    Bricks for example tell of casual use, some were partially self fired from clay containing essentially oil in parts of England. I can’t remember the deposit name or locations, one was just north of London.

    A fantastic web resource on historic brick manufacturers is

    Napoleon put it best, nation of shopkeepers, although the subtly is easy to miss.

  12. michael hart says:

    Thanks, Tim.
    I’d guess that government ownership of mineral rights also mitigates against private development.
    Multiply that by NIMBYism and nothing will change.
    (Personally, I don’t care much for that part of the country anyway. I love The North, and think house prices would generally increase there if a shale-industry became established.)