Comments on: The restoration bombshell has finally been dropped Sat, 30 Nov 2013 17:32:20 +0000 hourly 1
By: Billy Wallace Tue, 28 May 2013 15:46:08 +0000 Ex Scottish Coal workers should bear in mind that if the government/councils had enforced the progressive restoration, as they were duty and morally bound to do, every last worker would still be in employment now, and for a good few years in the future. Scottish Coal (not a Scottish company by the way) walked away with the restoration money, courtesy of a little help from KPMG and government. When they should have been spending some of their profit on restoration,and keeping workers in employment, they were allowed to just keep chasing the coal profit. No profit for Cornes and Co in restoration you see. The soon to be enlarged restoration estimates for these open-casts entirely consists the money that should have kept the jobs going doing the proper restoration. The SNP government is spinning this now a Westminster attack on the coal industry regarding the proposed rail tax hike. They have got to be joking surely? ATH and Scottish coal failed before and without the rail tax hike and promised restoration. KPMG using English case law in a Scottish court to enable them to walk away from their restoration responsibilities?
Messing up our Scottish landscape to supply English power-stations.
I can see the SNP ” vote yes campaign ” having to evolve now..

You Can Take our Coal, Destroy our Landscapes, But You’ll Never Take Our Freedom…

By: Public Interest Tue, 28 May 2013 14:04:25 +0000 In response to the latest debacle surrounding ATH and Scottish Coal I offer the following comments

It is extremely doubtful if any opencast mines with a vertical strip ratio in excess of ten to one can operate and provide a profit margin.

The reasons for this unprofitably are the low price of thermal coal and the high cost of gas oil.

The only way a profit can be generated from opencast coal mining in today’s climate of low coal prices and high gas oil price is to carry out no restoration task after mining and leave the final void open and the over burden dumps as deposited.

Therefor if this practice of failing to restore sites by the mining company’s is unacceptable, then a independent analysis needs to be carried out to determine the actual and total restoration costs per site and a bond of this amount must be raised by the mining company before the mining licences is granted.

Any operational mines must also comply to the same conditions i.e. independent analysis to determine the restoration costs and the provision of a bond to cover the restoration task, the costs associated with this analysis must be met by the mining company’s.

It is highly unlikely that either of the two company’s ATH or Scottish Coal were ignorant to the fact that the mining operations they were carrying out would generate sufficient profit margin to carry out the restoration task.

If the envisaged cost of between 50 and a 100 million to carry out the restoration task left by these two company’s is correct then one must ask how many sustainable jobs would this amount of money have created in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire.