Potash plans setback after report cites concerns

Plans to begin mining potash in North York Moors National Park faced a setback yesterday, after the summary of a report written by the Park's consultants - Amec - highlighted concerns. Shares in Sirius Minerals, the company hoping to run the mine, fell 10% yesterday on the news.

Inside a potash mine Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Thousands of new jobs and hundreds of millions of pounds of investment for the local economy depend on the project getting the go ahead at a vote on the 29th July. The total value is projected to be £1bn, with the site operating for the next 80 years.

Sirius claim the report contains subjective opinion and that they have already addressed concerns raised by the Environment Agency, among others. They have the backing of the energy minister, Michael Fallon MP, and say 1,900 members of the public have expressed support (with just 150 objections).