Potash project is on European TV

The site of the York Potash drilling rig alongside the B1447 road from Hawsker to Robin Hoods Bay. Picture Ceri Oakes. w114206a.
The site of the York Potash drilling rig alongside the B1447 road from Hawsker to Robin Hoods Bay. Picture Ceri Oakes. w114206a.
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A PROPOSED potash mining project near Scarborough will be given international TV exposure after a German film crew travelled to the area to interview key figures.

Those interviewed by the crew from Deutsche Welle included York Potash’s operation director Graham Clarke, project Geologist Tristan Pottas, Scarborough Council’s chief executive Jim Dillon and Cllr Eric Broadbent.

Gareth Edmunds, York Potash’s head of external affairs, said: “The project is significant locally, nationally and internationally so the interest from German television is an indication of how important the proposals could be on a world scale.

“We were happy to provide them with more information and they were especially interested in the jobs we’ve already created and the thousands more the project could deliver.”

Cllr Broadbent said he was representing unions involved in the project and compared the possible job prospects for the area to winning the lottery.

He said: “I think it’s brilliant – it’s like winning the lottery. With this town evertything is going downhill and when you read the news it is all about redundancies. This investment is incredible.”

The European Journal is a 30-minute programme on Deutsche Welle TV which delivers reports on important political, economic and cultural developments in the EU. It is produced in Brussels and has a Pan-European audience.

Potash is mined for use as a plant fertilizer and the company recently revealed results from a second test drilling site which confirmed the high grade nature of the deposits.

One seam at 1,420m below the surface consists of 32.6m of the mineral while a lower seam at 1,535m consists of 34.3m thickness.