A group of 29 environment and amenity
organisations have signed a letter to the North York Moors
National Park Authority outlining objections to Sirius Minerals
Plc’s York Potash
polyhalite project in northeast England.
Led by the Campaign for national parks,
the letter said that the proposal poses a "huge threat" to the
national park and the permitting decision due on 30 June would
be a critical test of the protection granted to national parks
"There is insufficient evidence that
alternative sites outside the National Park have been
adequately considered," the letter said.
"The potential damage to the landscape
during the construction phase is so substantial that Natural
England has submitted a formal objection. There would also be
lasting damage to the wildlife and landscape of the area," it
In Australia, Potash Minerals
Ltd has elected not to appeal a decision by the US
Bureau of Land Management denying the company an extension on
its 22 federal prospecting permits, which expired on 1
The company said that the expiry of the
permits would have a material effect on the size of its mineral
resource at the Hatch Point
Potash Minerals submitted the unsuccessful
application for a two year extension in May.
The company does however continue to hold
Utah state leases awarded to the company on which its joint
venture company, K20 Utah,
completed a drilling programme between 2012 and 2013.
Finally, ASX-listed Aguia Resources
Ltd has extended the strike length of its Cerro Preto
discovery in the Rio Grande region of southern Brazil.
Aguia said its initial results suggest a
similarity to the western phosphate field of the US.
"We now plan to fast-track exploration activities
at the project. Sampling and trenching is ongoing and we plan
to aggressively drill the discovery later in the year," Justin
Ried, the company’s executive chairperson,
"Given the change in the potential scale
of Cerro Preto, it is important that Aguia places significant
emphasis and investment in advancing this project which we will
do concurrently with development activities at Tres Estradas,
our most developed property," Reid added.
In Ukraine, Kiev-based Group
DF saw 1.6m tonnes cargo pass through its subsidiary
owned port in Nika Tera, Ukraine between January and May.
The SSP Nika Terra LLC
company operated terminal saw 31.6% of its exports –
524,700, leave as mineral fertilisers.
"The transhipment of the transit cargo
increased by 34.4% to 432,400 tonnes for the first 5 months of
2015 compared to the same period of 2014," Group DF said.