On 08 October 2015 the Scottish Government announced a moratorium on Underground Coal Gasification (UCG).
The Scottish Government appointed Professor Campbell Gemmell (University of Glasgow), to lead an independent examination of UCG.
The specific objectives of the Independent Review of UCG were to:
• develop a robust, well-researched summary of potential UCG reserves in Scotland and their potential to contribute to Scottish industry and as a source of energy;
• prepare a well-developed and evidenced description of potential environmental, health and regulatory issues associated with UCG;
• advise on whether the technology exists to allow for safe extraction and/or on specific gaps and actions.
The report highlights a set of issues that raise significant concerns over the potential impacts of UCG in Scotland based on international experience of UCG developments.