Author Topic: Britain to have just one remaining coal pit after UK Coal announces closures  (Read 202 times)

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If they handle these two closures like the ones that caused the miners strike, we tax payers will be paying for maintenance - mainly pumping and inspection/renovations of the cables and pit head as needed.

Pits are never just shut - they are mothballed under the War Materials Act and can be opened again within weeks (or days if sufficient experienced pit workers can be found fast enough).
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Coal is indelibly tied to the birth of the industrial revolution.  When someone figured out that the hard stuff left over after a coal pile fire (coke) burned hot enough to melt rocks, iron production was born, industry took off and never looked back. 

I'm sure the US has (had) similar contingency plans for US mines, but the government doesn't own them so I doubt there would be anything done to preserve any equipment or even to keep a closed mine from flooding.

Why pay to preserve it when you can spend five times as much money restoring it later....??


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Coal is indelibly tied to the birth of the industrial revolution.  When someone figured out that the hard stuff left over after a coal pile fire (coke) burned hot enough to melt rocks, iron production was born, industry took off and never looked back. 

I'm sure the US has (had) similar contingency plans for US mines, but the government doesn't own them so I doubt there would be anything done to preserve any equipment or even to keep a closed mine from flooding.

Why pay to preserve it when you can spend five times as much money restoring it later....??

Advantages of a monarchy, my friend - there has to be some!  :laugh: All mineral rights are Crown possessions and only ever licensed out. There is some debate about how much of your property you actually own - 3 meters down and 50 meters up seems to be the working standard, but it can be varied.
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Advantages of a monarchy, my friend - there has to be some!  :laugh: All mineral rights are Crown possessions and only ever licensed out. There is some debate about how much of your property you actually own - 3 meters down and 50 meters up seems to be the working standard, but it can be varied.

I understand, and the basis of that goes back centuries.  Lots of historical precedent in Britain and it is fascinating to consider the whys and wherefores that led to it.


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The 50 meters up bit is truly fascinating. It's from the time when hawking was popular among the upper classes. The most popular hawks were kestrals and ospreys, both of which dive from about that height. I do love these odd bits of trivia!  :laugh:

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