Sunday, 21 October 2007

Billingham anhydrite mines re-opened

The anhydrite mines in Billingham have been opened for the first time in almost 30 years. Inspectors have explored the cavernous mines in a bid to assess whether they are in a suitable condition for use as a long-term disposal facility for low-hazard waste.

The mines were worked from 1927 until 1971, and closed when the mine shaft was capped off in 1978. The tunnels are 11 million cubic metres - roughly the size of 4,400 Olympic swimming pools - and two thirds lie under Billingham, while the other third lies under the Cowpen Industrial Estate.

Oct 17 2007 by James Johnston, Evening Gazette,

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