Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Taking the North East's Mining Expertise to China

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Taking the North East's Mining Expertise to China

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Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor

ATEAM of experts leaves the North East for China today to help improve the environmental performance of the country's coal mining industry.

They will draw on the North East's long history of mining expertise to advise the Chinese in Shaan Xi, which is the country's third biggest coal producing province. The Shaan Xi project is funded by the European Commission EUChina Environmental Governance Programme.

Shaan Xi province's annual production rate in 201 was over 355 million tonnes of coal.

But the expansion of the province's mining industry has caus environmental deterioration, pollution emissions and public health concerns . The North East team, which will take part in a mining conference in Xian city in Shaan Xi includes Norman Jackson, who lives in Seaton Sluice in Northumberland and is a past president of the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers in Newcastle.

Mr Jackson has 50 years' experience of mining management, engineering, mine planning and safety and environmental issues and runs an independent international management and mining consultancy.

He studied at Ashington Couny Technical College from 1958-63 and worked for the British Coal Corporation as head of mining Services North East Group and the East Durham Task Force Working Group on regeneration of the former coalfield area.

He has already made two trips to Shaan Xi, one of them with John Clarkson, former UK environmental director of Alcan, who now runs ESC Environmental Consultancy and is part of the team . Other members are Dr Jean Hall, Newcastle University lecturer in engineering geology, and Northumberland County Council's Joe Nugent and Katherine Robbie. and Paul Wilson., Small coal mines in China are mainly driven by profits and because they developed so fast within a very short period of time, the Chinese government agencies have little capacity and accountability to deal with the social and environmental concerns. …

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