New project to improve mine water treatment efficiency

A new project aims to improve the efficiency of mine water treatment schemes. The Coal Authority, which manages Britain’s coal mines and employs contractors to clean water cascades and pipework across its 75 mine water treatment sites, is working with scientists from the University of Sheffield on the project. The manual ‘wash and brush-ups’ are […]

UK Coal Authority turns to solar power

The Coal Authority is installing solar panels across its estate of 75 mine water treatment sites. It manages the effects of past coal mining, including subsidence damage claims which are not the responsibility of licensed coal mine operators and mine water pollution. It is a non-departmental public body within the UK’s Department for Business, Energy […]

Coal Authority’s scheme to protect water source

A new scheme aimed at protecting the source of drinking water from contamination by mine water has been launched at Whitburn. It will stop mine water from entering the limestone rocks beneath the surface, which hold the water source for thousands of homes and businesses in South Tyneside and Sunderland. According to the Coal Authority, when […]

Up to £66m awarded for coal mine water works

The Coal Authority has awarded multi-million pound contracts to protect the nation’s environment from polluted water from disused coal and metal mines. Water firm Severn Trent has won a 10-year contract – worth up to £50 million – to operate and maintain the Authority’s 82 mine water treatment schemes, pumping stations and mine gas facilities […]

Abandoned coal mines used for green energy?

Abandoned coal mines could be used to provide low carbon heat and green energy. Researchers in the UK are looking at ways to use water which has flooded the huge underground caverns left by mining works. Nottingham Trent University and Nottinghamshire-based firm Alkane Energy believe it could be used as a renewable heat source to […]

DECC appoints new Chair of the Coal Authority

DECC today announced Stephen Dingle as the new Chair of the Coal Authority. Originally appointed as a member of the Board and Chair of its Audit Committee, Mr Dingle will take on his new role on 1 April next year for a four-year period. He has had a career as an investment banker and financial […]

Renewable groups axed in quango cull

Two renewable organisations were today abolished in Cabinet Minister Francis Maude’s ‘bonfire of the quangos’. And the Environment Agency is set to be overhauled to make it ‘more customer focused’, while a stay of execution has been granted to energy watchdog Consumer Focus. The Renewable Fuels Agency is scrapped and its functions transferred to the […]