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 […]

Thumbs up for Northumberland opencast coal mine

Northumberland County Council has approved proposals for a surface coal mine at Highthorn. Banks Mining plans to extract coal, sandstone and fireclay from a site near the village of Widdrington. The process is estimated to last more than five years with total operations lasting seven years. The company said the site will be restored once […]

Worker ‘killed in mine explosion near Whitby’

A man has reportedly died after a gas explosion at a mine near Whitby. Operator ICL UK told ELN that emergency services and the in-house rescue team are currently down the Boulby potash mine to take account of the situation. Reports claim the employee was killed in the early hours of this morning following a “sudden and powerful” release of gas known as a “blow out”. […]

US mine to be used for renewable energy storage

A project to transform a mine into a renewable storage area is going forward in the US. The project, developed by American energy company Eagle Mountain, aims to support renewable energy production and reduce greenhouse emissions. It will save power generated from solar, wind and geothermal power plants and release it during times of peak demand to maintain […]

Yorkshire’s coal mine to close

More than 400 people are expected to lose their jobs due to the closure of the Hatfield Colliery in South Yorkshire. It is closing 14 months earlier than scheduled. According to trade union Prospect, 420 “high-skilled” jobs and further jobs in the supply chain will be lost. Prospect negotiator Mike Macdonald said: “Hatfield has been unable to sell […]

US miner pronounced dead following fatal accident

A US coal miner was reported dead last week after a fatal accident at an underground mine in West Virginia. The mine has been shut temporarily following the accident. Report suggests the man was hit by material from a side wall in the Kingston #2 mine in West Virginia. He was rushed to hospital where […]