West Cumbria Mining Abstraction from the Byerstead Fault
Dear British Geological Survey,
West Cumbria Mining say their primary freshwater resource for processes on site such as coal washing would be abstraction from the Byerstead Fault.
1. What advice has been given to West Cumbria Mining from BGS as to the abstraction rates likely to be available from Byerstead Fault at peak production of coal?
2. Under FOI I ask for sight of groundwater-related monitoring and surveys undertaken by BGS for West Cumbria Mining in particular relating to the abstraction of freshwater from the Byesrstead Fault
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Dear Marianne Birkby,
Thank you for your request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Since your request concerns environmental information we will be handling it under the terms of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. We normally expect to reply within the standard time period of twenty working days but under complex circumstances it could take up to forty working days. We will let you know if this is the case as soon as possible.
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Our ref: IDA 276261
Thank you for your request made under the Freedom of Information Act
2000. Because your request concerns environmental information we have
considered it under the terms of the Environmental Information Regulations
In answer to your questions, BGS has given no advice to West Cumbria
Mining as to the water abstraction rates likely to be available from the
Byerstead Fault. We also hold no groundwater monitoring or surveys
undertaken for West Cumbria Mining and therefore exception 12(4)(a)
applies in that BGS 'does not hold that information'.
I hope this fully answers your questions. If you feel we have failed to
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