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Scotland's First Oil Rush

Documentary telling the story of the shale oil industry and its lasting impact on the community of West Lothian. Presented by geologist Professor Iain Stewart.

Scotland witnessed the world's first true 'oil rush', when inventor James 'Paraffin' Young first refined lighting fuel from a shale rock known as torbanite in 1851. There followed more than a century of the shale oil industry, which employed thousands and whose fortunes ebbed and flowed with industrialisation and two world wars.

Presented by geologist Professor Iain Stewart, this film tells the story of shale, its lasting impact on one Scottish community - West Lothian - and the massive and unique landmarks still visible today.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 31 Jul 2018 01:00


Role Contributor
Presenter Iain Stewart
Producer Maurice Smith
Director Brian Ross
Executive Producer David Harron
Executive Producer Colin Cameron


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