Scotland could not sustain a productive shale gas industry and would need thousands of fracking sites across the central belt rather than the 300 estimated, a top geologist has claimed. Roy Thompson, of the University of Edinburgh, said that analysis of US government figures on the American shale gas industry showed that Scotland had the wrong geology. Professor Thompson, a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, said that geochemical, rock-physics and production data for 25 American shale gas systems allowed a comprehensive analysis of potential in Scotland. Energy companies want to open up a shale gas field to the west of the Firth of Forth but he said that the data showed the shales were below the temperatures needed for effective gas generation and were at pressures too low for the gas to rise naturally to the surface, so would require extra pumps and compressors.
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