Mineral planning news and policy developments covering aggregates, building stone, industrial and energy minerals, development plans, restoration, and research.

Scientists shine spotlight on shale

Scientists shine spotlight on shale

A new £31m research programme will pay for scientists to look at meeting future energy needs using underground energy technologies such as drilling for shale.

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Mines warned on risk

A risk-management expert has warned mining companies are falling short on safety in their efforts to balance cost control with risk management.

Coal call on Trump

A coal industry leader has called on both European leaders and US president Donald Trump to ramp up investment in coal technology.

Builders upbeat but wary

Rising materials costs have failed to dent growth in construction, according to experts, who have nevertheless warned government to commit to big projects...

Big road contract awarded

A county council has awarded an extension to a £3.5m-a-year highways maintenance contract with a materials and construction company.

Sirius in share push

The company behind a vast polyhalite project in north Yorkshire is ramping up its growth plans by listing its shares on the London Stock Exchange main...