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Fight Potash Mining in the North York Moors National Park

July 1, 2012

The North York Moors National Park is being threatened by a proposal to develop the UK’s first potash mine for 40 years.

York Potash Ltd (owned by Sirius Minerals plc) has been drilling boreholes in the area between Whitby and Scarborough to test the feasibility of large-scale mining with a view to submitting a planning application later this year. Press reports suggest the tests have indicated the scheme is viable and Sirius is now focusing on raising the necessary finances.

Sirius’ aim is to get planning approval by the end of 2012, start building a minehead and mining operations in 2013 and start extracting potash in 2017. The minehead will require a site of up to 10 hectares (equivalent to 20 football pitches) inside the National Park.

Sirius has recently set up the York Potash Fund to provide £3 to £9 million a year for community facilities, educational projects and environmental initiatives in the area. Local campaigners are concerned that this is an attempt to sway local opinion in favour of the scheme.

We are working with local campaigners to ensure that the National Park purposes (the laws that safeguard National Parks) are fully recognised in planning decisions and to secure the tranquillity and beauty of this part of the North York Moors.

For details on how you can help please look at the Campaign for National Parks website.

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