West Cumbria Mining Abstraction from Byerstead Fault - Correspondence with Environment Agency

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Dear Environment Agency,

I have recieved a FOI reply from the British Geological Survey (see below) which states that the BGS has not been asked for advice and has carried out no surveys regarding the impacts on groundwater and geology of the proposal by West Cumbria Mining to abstract fresh water from the Byerstead Fault.

West Cumbria Mining have refused despite repeated questioning to reveal the quantity of fresh water, daily at the height of production, that they propose to abstract from the Byerstead Fault.

Under the terms of the Environmental Information Regulations
(2004) , I would like sight of all correspondence between yourselves and West Cumbria Mining regarding the plan to abstract freshwater from the Byerstead Fault.

Thank you

yours faithfully,

Marianne Birkby

BGS - FOI reply

Dear Marianne

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'.

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