Did you know? There are almost 100 abandoned oil wells in the UK,
The BBC reported on this story last week, but it’s still pretty surprising to know that 2152 oil wells were drilled in the UK, inshore; from 1902-2013, and nearly 100 have no owner, and no monitoring for leaks and problems in place.
This has key implications for pollution, fracking and for Shale Gas exploration in the UK; with fracking already such a controversial subject the findings of the ReFINE (Research Fracking in Europe) are interesting.
Fracking – Hydraulic Fracturing, raises fears of chemical contamination of water supplies and earthquakes, and further concerns are of dormant oil wells being damaged, leaking and causing pollution.
The UKOOG (UK Onshore operators group) highlights the need to “monitor wells”
Read the full article and watch the video from the BBC here, the map below shows Shale Formations across the UK: