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Untapped gas supply investigated

18 April 08 06:03 GMT

Plans to extract untapped natural gas reserves in southern Scotland have been recommended for approval.

Greenpark Energy wants to set up production facilities near Canonbie in Dumfries and Galloway to exploit supplies of coal bed methane.

The company believes gas production in the area could last for up to 25 years.

Council planning officers have recommended that the project be approved with a lengthy list of conditions attached.

Exploration started in the area last year in the hope of significant gas reserves being found.

Test rigs between 30ft and 100ft high sank boreholes of up to 3,600ft below the ground to assess the site.

Further exploration would be needed before gas extraction could get under way.

Production could continue for somewhere between 20 and 25 years.

The company has pledged to restore the site to its original appearance once work is completed.

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