York Potash, Sirius Mineral, A Fair And Balanced Article

“Creating a large scale, low cost, long life mine with a sustainable footprint”

Further Reading :

In most of its literature, Sirius Minerals talks about about the financial benefits of its North Yorkshire Potash Project. Little is said about the location of the Mine being in a National Park and what that National Park means to the local community.

The Project is investor led, relying on shareholders to make a commitment for 5 years before receiving any return on their investment.

Many small investors are hoping to cash in when the share price, currently circa 20 p, will rise as the Project attracts larger investors, pushing the share price up, to say 37p. Or as some hope to say 100 p. Who knows?

With regards to the Pot Ash Project I have been accused of ‘scaremongering’ , ‘looney’, ‘hysterical’ , ‘misinformed’ etc – that is irrelevant . It makes no difference to me. Do carry on.

What does matter to me, other than the National Park, among many other things, is my contribution via Real Whitby. Real Whitby have been asked, to re-publish and put forward a fair and more balanced view , for publication, of some of the concerns I have previously raised.

This request has not come from Sirius or York Potash but from an individual (not a legal threat, just a simple request), following my article E=Mc2, which was, I admit, quite ambiguous and mischievous. (Also included within that article, were some important links that were ‘lost’ which I hope to follow up on later.)

However following that article I received a response (to previous correspondence) from York Potash as follows:

Dear Vanda
Thank you for your email which was addressed to Peter McLennan and Lord Hutton.  Peter works in the investor relations team and Lord Hutton is an non-executive director – it would be highly unusual for a non-exec director to involve themselves in day-to-day company correspondence.  However, you can be assured that this correspondence has been approved for release by the company.

In reference to your questions about void spaces in the proposed mine, much of the ‘voids’ you mention are used on an on-going basis for access and ventilation to new production areas and the remaining are left as they are, as is normal practice in mining.  We would not be permitted in either our planning permission or our mineral leases to bring in any third party waste to the mine.  Clearly as part of the normal operations we would be able to store equipment, mined ore, etc as part of the normal operations.  We’re happy to confirm that no director, employee or representative of York Potash or Sirius Minerals has ever had a conversation about the use of void spaces with the Ministry of Defence or any other public or private organisation.

On a more general note, you may be interested to know that the mining voids remain in the ownership of the mineral rights owner, not the company.  In addition, during early discussions with local mineral rights holders their representatives requested a number of specific clauses in the mineral rights agreements.  Amongst others this includes a condition not to “contaminate or pollute” any of the minerals, lease area or adjoining land.  There is also a specific reference to prohibiting “waste from nuclear power generation” being brought into or stored in the mine.  This contract is the same for all the local mineral rights holders and the stipulation, which is consistent with the planning permission that we are seeking, would not allow waste to be imported.
We hope that answers your queries and apparent concerns.

Your sincerely,
The York Potash Consultation Team,
info@yorkpotash.co.uk <info@yorkpotash.co.uk>;

This letter, along with my article, goes a long way to clearing out the clutter of concerns I have had about York Potash’s use of the void space.

I particularly liked this bit: “We’re happy to confirm that no director, employee or representative of York Potash or Sirius Minerals has ever had a conversation about the use of void spaces with the Ministry of Defence or any other public or private organisation.”

Meanwhile, that email from York Potash response has been posted, by Jon Owen, onto the Whitby Gazette under the comments section of “ War of Words …. “. AnarchyUK, (from camp Vanda) has since been blocked from commenting on the Whitby Gazette and SEN since suggesting the Editor publish the list of Landowners and Mineral Rights owners.

From; AnarchyUK , “ ergo, so be it. Did someone mention a war?” No Anarchy. We are talking about P’s & Q’s, Word Peas ….

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10 Responses to "York Potash, Sirius Mineral, A Fair And Balanced Article"

  1. Real Whitby Webmaster  April 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I also note that people are quoting content from this site on the Whitby Gazette site with no mention of the source, or abbreviating the source to RW. This is in breach of copyright law, even in breach of fair use copyright law. The correct format is a quote of no more than is necessary and a live web link back to the source of the quote so people can read the full article with credit to the author and the publishing site.

  2. Jon Owen  April 21, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Hello Real Whitby Webmaster.

    I have credited the sourcing of the piece by Vanda I copied to Whitby Gazette – I hope to your satisfaction.

    My apologies.


  3. Real Whitby Webmaster  April 22, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Hi Jon, Thanks for that. Its not that Im against people sharing and copying our content, nothing could be further from the truth, but their is etiquette around sharing. The reason I get so shirty about this is that Real Whitby works hard on these stories. Vanda and others spend hours researching etc. We come in for a lot of stick for what we do, we even have the stress of the council threatening to sue us and suggesting we are criminals. So I feel its only fair and right that when people copy content to another site that the original source is recognised and most importantly that a link to the content in its original home is placed alongside the quote. I have spoken to the contributors here about respecting other peoples work and not simply lifting it. Ive told several of the authors that it is not acceptable to copy other articles word for word, Ive even removed some that have simply been copied from the Gazette. therefore I find it important that the same level of respect is shown to this site. Anyhow, thats just my stance on the matter, it is backed up by “Fair Use” copyright law. Not that I would ever want to go down that line. So thanks for your help.

  4. Mark Pierce  April 22, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Fair play Vanda.

  5. Vanda  April 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    mmmm am just coming up with another cunning plan… am still reeling that Boulby have showed their hand at £ 300 mil on the table, possibly to take over Sirius as and when, and IMO that would be a disaster for the Park. Application, application, application is my next fear. So Baldrick, how many small shareholders would it take at how much to stop a big Pot Ash Corp or less ‘friendly’ plc from stealing our Park?

    • Hugo  April 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm


      The reply to your letter to the company is only what you knew of should have known for the last year.

      So your next fear is a take over. Again, if you had done any reading at all instead of talking to people down the pub, you’d know this is unlikely. I will leave you to find out why.

  6. Vanda  April 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    If only, lol: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFu3YzRnyDU

  7. Vanda  April 25, 2013 at 7:30 am

    subliminal? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bkTY8YHFWY

  8. Vanda Inman  April 25, 2013 at 9:53 pm


  9. Vanda  May 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Latest Report from NYMNPA: http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/334815/Issues-Report.pdf


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