Giant potash mine in national park applies for water abstraction licence

The company behind plans for the ‘world’s largest’ potash mine has applied to the Environment Agency for a licence to abstract close to two million litres of groundwater a year within the North York Moors national park.

The licence, which is required to extract water from the first phase of a 38km tunnel that will eventually link the new mine to processing facilities on Teesside, would enable the abstraction of 198 cubic metres an hour, equating to 1.7 million cubic metres a year, at a rate not exceeding 55 litres a second.

Stakeholders have until 22 April to provide feedback on the application.

The plans are part of the £5bn North Yorkshire Polyhalite Project, being run by Sirius Minerals, which won approval to build the potash mine and mineral transport system within the borders of the national park in 2015. 

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