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Second nature: Planning for biodiversity after minerals extraction

Words: Mark Smulian
A restored post-extraction landscape

Ahead of the 2019 Minerals Planning Conference, Mark Smulian looks at how the minerals extraction industry is approaching the challenge of planning for biodiversity net gain within one of the UK’s most environmentally disruptive industries

When Cumbria County Council in March gave planning permission for a deep coal mine it could hardly have caused more outrage among environmentalists had it granted consent for a poison gas factory.

Those opposed to fossil fuels were outraged. But coke will soon be mined near Whitehaven, and the episode is a reminder that proposals to dig large holes in the ground and extract minerals are a.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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