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Decision on York Potash mine, near Whitby is delayed until 2014
8:09am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Business news
A DECISION on whether a controversial £1 billion potash mine on the North York Moors can be built will not be made until the second half of next year.
The North York Moors National Park Authority was due to debate Sirius Minerals’ proposals for the York Potash scheme, near Whitby, this summer, but the firm asked for a decision to be deferred so it could address environmental issues.
Sirius’s managing director and chief executive, Chris Fraser, said the company wanted to take a “new approach” to providing information needed to make a decision on its plans, and more details of the impact of the mine will be provided next July.
Further information about the scheme’s pipeline, materials handling plant and port will follow shortly afterwards.
Mr Fraser said: “This will reassure the decision-making bodies that sufficient information is available on each element to deliver the whole project, and with the benefits of it proceeding being so substantial, I know our supporters will welcome this revised approach which delivers greater certainty and leaves little room for debate over the high levels of environmental standards we are adopting.”
Opponents have claimed the scheme will damage the national park’s appearance and tourism industry, but Sirius has said it will create 1,000 direct jobs and add £940 million a year to the local economy.
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