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The coal mining legacy lives on

The story starts around  360 million years ago in the Carboniferous period when dead plant matter in former wetlands, now known also as coal forests, decayed, accumulating enormous deposits of peat, which over time,  changed to coal.  Fast forward to 12,000 years ago and we see the earliest evidence of coal extraction, but it wasn’t...

New copper deposit found in Cornwall

There are a number of potential new mining prospects appearing in Cornwall,  which is reminiscent of the early prospecting days which created a lot of Cornwall’s wealth. Centuries later this mining legacy became the focus of the mining risk assessment businesses we see today (as well as forming the backdrop for enthralling storylines in popular...

Why is reviewing the operational environmental risk of a site essential?

What is an operational environmental risk? An operational environmental risk is a potential threat of adverse effects on living organisms and the environment by effluents, emissions, wastes and resource depletion arising out of an organisation’s activities1,2 resulting from inadequate or failed environmental procedures, systems or policies associated with the current land use of a site....

Petrol Filling Stations – Contamination impacts and potential risks

We often see former Petrol Filling Stations (PFSs) as the subject of our environmental searches in our day to day work stream. This is unsurprising when most contaminated land issues are the result of historic land uses. A 20121 report from The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) identified the steep fall from 37,500...

A river runs through it – riparian rights and responsibilities

Here, our guest writer, Craig Burman* provides an interesting insight into the importance of being aware of riparian rights and responsibilities. The little beck which meanders across the bottom of the back garden before disappearing to who knows where is often referred to on sale particulars as a charming and desirable feature. Something to appeal...

Interview with Dan Montagnani, EVP at Groundsure

In their latest Members Spotlight Interview, the UK PropTech Association spoke with our very own Dan Montagnani, EVP at Groundsure. Here we share the article: Dan has been in the environmental risk arena for 26 years. He has been responsible for leading the Groundsure business, focused on optimising the delivery of data intelligence solutions into...

Urban Mining: dispelling the myths

Urban mining, is it a myth or reality? Whilst mining and extraction, in its various forms, has been carried out in every county in the UK, it is a popular misconception that the legacy of mining does not affect urban areas and that where the built environment has been present for decades that there are...

Groundsure mining reports now delve even deeper

Since March 2020 an interpretive assessment of mine entries is included as standard in the Groundsure CON29M Official Coal Mining Search, for no extra charge. This enhancement removes the need for a costly follow-up report and potential delay to a transaction. Read on for some background to the development – and the odd mining pun,...