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Potash of Gold

Peter Day reports on controversial plans to dig for polyhalite, a type of potash that can be made into valuable fertiliser, underneath the North York Moors National Park.

Nearly one mile underground beneath the North Sea are vast supplies of potash and polyhalite waiting to be dug up and turned into valuable fertiliser. There's just one snag: the planned new mine would be in the North York Moors National Park, where such developments are normally prohibited. Locals are taking sides for and against, as Peter Day reports.
Producer: Mike Wendling.

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30 minutes

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Sun 28 Apr 2013 21:30

Contributors to this programme

Chris France

head of planning, North York Moors National Park


Chris Fraser

managing director and chief executive officer, Sirius Minerals


Chris Hadley

owner, Hadley’s Fish Restaurant


Jim Dillon

chief executive, Scarborough Borough Council


Tom Chadwick

chairman, North York Moors Association


Carl Allen

potash mining manager, Boulby Mine


Julie Borrowdale

chief finance officer, Cleveland Potash


Michel Prud’homme

director of production and international trade service, International Fertilizer Association




  • Thu 25 Apr 2013 20:30
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