Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Minewater `Puts Coastline at Risk'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Minewater `Puts Coastline at Risk'

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Byline: By Guy Basnett

Rising polluted mine water from disused pits in the North-East is risking some of the region's most precious coastline, it was claimed last night.

A permanent solution is being sought to stop contaminated water from mines under East Durham leeching out into the area's Heritage Coast.

The water, rich in iron and contaminants, and constantly flooding shafts and tunnels, could also pollute an aquifer feeding into raw water supplies.

But last night, a proposal by the Coal Authority to set up two permanent pumping stations was condemned as potentially equally as damaging. Ed Mason, leader of Seaham Town Council, said: "This is an area of beautiful coastline and we're concerned about the impact of these stations.

"This is a cheaper solution, and we believe we should still be looking for a better solution. We don't want to see a risk to tourism and jobs."

In a bid to hold back water flooding the shafts, the Coal Authority set up a temporary pumping station at the former Horden Colliery site in July 2004. …

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