20 June 2011 19:28 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Sirius Minerals, which owns the York Potash project in northeast England, will start constructing temporary drilling sites within the North York Moors National Park as early as this week, a park official said late Monday.
The company is moving quickly on two temporary borehole drilling sites, which were approved by the park’s planning committee on 17 June. Temporary drilling rigs, reaching 33-metres in height, will be placed at the sites. The first location, in Hawsker, is on top of a hill inside the national park, and it will require a red light on the top of the rig to warn airplanes of its high presence during night hours.
This particular drilling site has prompted strong reactions from local businesses as the region enters the height of its tourist season.
“[The Park’s approval] was debated at great length with the local committee here because the site is located on the approach to Robin Hood’s Bay, the busiest honey pot village of the area. It’s very picturesque,” said Chris France, director of planning at the North York Moors National Park.
Sirius Minerals has already submitted three other borehole applications which will be considered by park authorities later in July. Another five applications are expected to be submitted within the next month.
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