Opencast mining on Broughton Moor dump is only solution
Last updated at 20:47, Thursday, 17 September 2009
EXPERTS claim that opencast coal mining is the only solution for the Broughton Moor site, a former senior member of Allerdale council’s Derwent Forest project team revealed this week.
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allerdale has done nothing to replace proper industry in west cumbria,so lets have a opencast, and coalwash, in fact lets have a coalfired power station, some of us dont want to work in retail outlets or coffee shops.oh, and i live in sight of the site, and i care not a jot, the area has recovered from previous sites.
I think that the Broughton dump should be made into some historical site where people could be shown around the site in a safe way and see what happened that would make more money than any of these other rubbish ideas
I feel compelled to respond to gw. I am not aware of all the fact regarding this project to be able to reasonably decide whether opencast mining would be the best clean up method for this land or not. I do know however that UK opencast mining methods and associated environmental conrols are industry best standards compared to anywhere else in the world.So if the alternative is to buy coal from Russia, Columbia,Indonesia or elsewhere etc then the carbon footprint will always be less for UK mined and burned coals. I would remind gw that the Broughton area has been extensivesly opencast mined over the last 30-40 years and villages have not been destroyed, they still exist dont they ?, this is scaremongering, in fact family life for opencast workers would be better than for the many Cumbrian opencast workers who must travel outside the county to earn a living, often living in caravans near far away mine sites and only coming home to their families at weekends (and there are many). The land would be much better post mining than it is now, it would not be destroyed, look at previously mined areas. Wildlife actuals lives well on inactive parts of opencast mines.I have person experience of this gained over many years. Mining work is only temporary and the final land profile and soil quality will be first class as all work would designed and controlled like any other earthworks project. Health issues associated with surface coal mining is another unsubstantiated scaremonging tactic used by 'the greens'. There has never been one claim for respiratory health issues made by any opencast worker in the UK, and they are the people working closest to 'the mine'.