New test reveal mineral deposits on the North Yorkshire coast

Independent testing has recently been completed which has shown that there are mineral deposits on the coast of North Yorkshire. It is estimated that this is going to bring around 5000 jobs to the area however people are concerned about the impact that the mining of these minerals is going to have on the environment.

The mineral deposits include something called potash, which is a substance that is essential for creating fertiliser. It is something that is in great demand and many people are arguing that the mining of this mineral is essential for the national interest of the United Kingdom.

The actual mineral itself is called polyhalite and it is processed in order to create the valuable fertiliser ingredient. It is thought that the deposits that are in North Yorkshire are some of the largest, not just in the country, but in the entire world. It is estimated that there are over 1.3 billion tonnes of the mineral which is enough to satisfy mining operations for five decades.

Since the discovery, the mining operator, York Potash, which is owned by the conglomerate mining company Sirius Minerals, has said that they want to start mining in the area in order to take advantage of the lucrative supplies. The independent testing was recently completed by consultants from Germany and it is thought that there will be an active mine on the site for around a century if it went ahead.

One potential hold up for the mining of the mineral is the fact that some of the deposits are located in the North York Moors National Park which has special controls over what can be done in the area. The mining company said that they will be consulting with the community to make sure that the impact of any mine is absolutely minimised.