Ayrshire could be sitting on massive reserves of oil and gas.
So says an MSP, who wants test drilling to take place in the waters off our coast.
Chic Brodie believes exploration took place in the Firth of Clyde during the early 1980s.
And he claims millions of untapped riches could be lurking beneath the surface.
Now the South of Scotland politician has written to Defence chiefs on both sides of the Atlantic calling for tests to resume.
Mr Brodie, of the SNP, told the Post: “It’s my understanding that explorations did take place off the Ayrshire coast.
“Furthermore, it was found that reserves did exist.
“I hope that the Ministry of Defence and the US Department of Defense can shed some light on the reasons why these explorations were never followed up.”
Mr Brodie believes the government of the time “capped” the wells to stop them being a hazard for submarines sailing in and out of Faslane.
But he says last year’s decision to go drilling off the Western Isles should put Ayrshire firmly back on the oil map. And he’s penned letters to both Philip Hammond (British Secretary of State for Defence) and Chuck Hagel (US Secretary of State for Defense) to argue his case.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, Mr Brodie has asked for details of the explorations he says took place 30 years ago.