A pilot project involving DNA testing is being rolled out to try to blitz construction delays and help protect one of England's most threatened amphibians, the great crested newt.
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Given that markets never rise or fall in a straight line, sustained growth is beginning to mark this industry as the British economy performs better than anywhere else in Europe. By Julian Clapp.
New environmental approaches can ease the burden of an industry that is beset by overseas competition and a domestic market that continues to shrink, write Bob Bainsfair and Alan Simpson
The EU's FAME project initiative plans to research and innovate much-needed mineral processing technologies for the European mining industry, write Dr Wolfgang Reimer and Dr Chris Broadbent
As the biggest material flow in the UK, minerals require safeguarding given that they are a finite resource. Supply should therefore be responsible and sustainable, writes Ken Hobden
An inspector has allowed an appeal against the refusal of Surrey County Council to allow the construction of an exploratory well-site, including one exploratory borehole and short-term testing for hydrocarbons at Coldharbour Lane, Holmwood.
Norfolk County council has approved a proposal to extend Mangreen quarry, near Norwich, on 13 hectares of agricultural land to the south of the existing site, subject to a legal agreement to secure long term wildlife management and vehicle routeing.
Essex County council has granted permission for the importation of a limited amount of mineral to blend with the silica sand supply at Martells quarry near Colchester.
The summer season of mineral sector conferences is a good time to gauge the industry's mood and that of its allied professions.
In Hicks v the Coal Authority, the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) considered the statutory test regarding the cause of subsidence as set out in the Coal Mining Subsidence Act 1991.
Most of the actual work in exploiting Britain's onshore oil and gas resources is conducted by SMEs in the supply chain - although you could be forgiven for not realising this when all the talk is of well-known licence holders like Cuadrilla Resources...
- Permit issued for borehole
- Variation allowed to silica sand quarry to enable importation of material for blending
- Council tenders to boost recycling
- Europa Oil and Gas wins right to explore for hydrocarbons in Surrey AONB
- Newt drive to speed construction
- Quarry extension approved in Selby green belt