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shale oil from rock formations had been extracted from deposits found in coal mines in the Lothians region of Scotland for over a century, one mine at Burntisland in its peak in 1887produced 15,000 gals a day, the mines worked from 1851-1960s the oil was "unusually high in volatiles"according to the British Geological Survey!
there is a museum the Almond valley heritage centre which contains much material from the local shale mines. note the shale was mined and processed, not "fracked"
Continuing to work my way through "British Destroyers" by Edgar March. There are a number of references to "shale oil" apparently as the fuel for torpedoes. Since this was written in the 1950s, I assume it is not referring to today's shale oil, as produced from geological formations of shale, but probably to some particular grade of oil in the 1930s. Can anyone elaborate on this?