NT0669 : Oilshale

taken 13 years ago, near to Livingston, West Lothian, Great Britain

Wall plaque on a pub made of the shale that was West Lothian's fortune. The rock here is rich in oil, and before the big North American oilwells started full production, this was a major source of oil. Then it was wanted mainly for lamps and cooking fuel. Having to be mined prior to extraction, it was soon uneconomic and the industry declined.
The legacy can be seen in many places, huge bings of cooked shale, dumped after the oil was boiled off.
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Tuesday, 8 November, 2005   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 8 November, 2005
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 065 694 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:54.5152N 3:29.8341W
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