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Posted: 25/02/2013 11:54:11
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A fire has closed UK Coal's underground Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire, raising more doubts about the future of a mine already under threat of closure.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-21571790
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Posted: 25/02/2013 12:29:31
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Nothing left of the coal industry soon!! IP: 212.219.240.75
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Posted: 25/02/2013 12:32:17
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i know so sad. but we do get country parks Smile IP: 86.20.192.3
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Fire at Daw mill
Posted: 25/02/2013 12:49:46
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Country parks and no new jobs. IP: 212.219.240.75
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Posted: 25/02/2013 12:55:11
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I know the feeling to well Sad IP: 86.20.192.3
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Posted: 25/02/2013 14:00:21
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The mill I worked at burned Daw Mill coal in fluidised bed boilers, very low ash content IIRC, prior to that supplies were from Hem Heath. IP: 86.29.59.101
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Fire at Daw mill
Posted: 25/02/2013 18:47:47
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miner1985 wrote:

Nothing left of the coal industry soon!!


the DEEP coal industry anyway, they have lots of surface stuff.
maybe thats the problem, the deep mines will always look expensive compared to their open cast. It would be very very easy to start a fire and call it spontaneous combustion............
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Posted: 25/02/2013 19:24:54
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The Thick Coal seams of the Midlands are particularly prone to spontaneous combustion. In the 1980's Coventry Colliery was spending £1 for every ton of coal (when coal was at a very low price) on nitrogen injection into the wastes to try and contol this problem. IP: 62.49.28.79
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Fire at Daw mill
Posted: 26/02/2013 21:23:22
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Was the Tame and Trent valley once called Megawatt alley because of the coal-fired power stations along it, supplied by merry-go-round trains of coal from Midland collieries, or am I imagining things, just like I imagined the UK once generated most of its electric from British coal ? IP: 82.36.96.181
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Posted: 27/02/2013 01:22:26
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The question is whether the various choices to not exploit British coal are either the result of very careful nationalist planning, or internationalist ruin (by the politicians).

When you look at how Maggie dealt with the NUM and then bent over backwards for the sheiks, it is interesting. Then you have the falklands. It seems that either Britain is operating a very sound long term policy, or is lead by a bunch of total idiots. I'd like to have faith in the former. However, it is probably down to economics and the general "low hanging fruit" gets picked first, which means that perhaps in the long scheme of things extraction will return to the UK.

As a long bet, I'd say it was a sound bet. In fact a certainty.
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Posted: 27/02/2013 12:35:46
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Since joining this forum,i don`t think i have ever dissagreed with my Cornish cousins,but this time,you are totally wrong Stuey.
These reserves you reckon the polititions are saving for future use,are sterilised in many cases,esspecially South Wales which i know more about,the sites have been built on,access to the reserves have gone,and don`t forget about that underground sea,there is one hell of a lot of water down there,as you know in the Cornish mines ,working a mine ,it has to handle millions of gallons of water,to pump out a complete mine,with miles of roadway,plus the water that is continually seaping in,is a big problem.
The polititions did not have a proper energy policy then,nor do they now,hence they would`nt bang on with them darned windmills,while burning more Foreign coal,which is not cheap anymore.
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Posted: 07/03/2013 10:59:40
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Update.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/9914464/UK-Coal-closes-fire-hit-Daw-Mill-mine-650-jobs-to-go.html
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Fire at Daw mill
Posted: 07/03/2013 11:06:03
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Maybe the workforce will get transferred to Afganistan,where the UK government is investing £10m in mining. IP: 86.170.197.41
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Fire at Daw mill
Posted: 07/03/2013 11:10:44
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Ty Gwyn wrote:

Maybe the workforce will get transferred to Afganistan,where the UK government is investing £10m in mining.


So, about 5.5 hours of EU contributions? Pennies!
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Posted: 07/03/2013 11:54:10
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Maybe missed it, but I haven't seen anything whatsoever about trying to seal the district, put the fire out etc.

It could be construed that the fire came at just the right time ?

Bad news re: jobs.


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Who put the overall's in Mrs Murphy's Chowdah ??
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Fire at Daw mill
Posted: 07/03/2013 12:31:32
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stuey wrote:

Ty Gwyn wrote:

Maybe the workforce will get transferred to Afganistan,where the UK government is investing £10m in mining.


So, about 5.5 hours of EU contributions? Pennies!


Yes,i agree it is Pennies,when sinking a new shaft would cost 30 times that amount,

But someone who has mentioned several times,that Small operations is the way to go,£10m would open several small drift mines,but as we all know,the UK Government does`nt have an energy policy that includes coal.
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Fire at Daw mill
Posted: 07/03/2013 19:50:09
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Uk Coal no interest in keeping mining going - more interested in makling money from selling the land. Could always put some of those useless windmills on the site!!! IP: 81.129.49.82
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Fire at Daw mill
Posted: 08/03/2013 00:07:55
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Tonight's 10 pm national news and a little more detail on the Midlands Today local bulliten afterwards. Sadly Daw Mill is definitely closing with 500+ redundancies. About 70 to 100 may be offered jobs in Nottinghamshire pits. The news said once the pitgear is removed the shaft will be sealed. No mention about any effort to put out the fire.
Sad sad sad Sad
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Posted: 08/03/2013 11:10:45
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Any chance of South Wales having the one headgear back as it came from Albion colliery, Cilfynnydd. IP: 212.219.240.75
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Fire at Daw mill
Posted: 08/03/2013 13:52:24
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It would need a damn good rub down first, to get them sores off.lol. IP: 86.170.219.161
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