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Denoting a method of mining in which coal or ore is extracted at or from a level near the earth's surface, rather than from shafts.‘opencast mining’
- ‘Residents are claiming victory today after controversial plans for opencast mining near three quiet Yorkshire villages were thrown out.’
- ‘Local miners who picketed divided their time between different Lancashire collieries and the local opencast site, as directed by the NUM.’
- ‘Namdeb conducts opencast diamond mining operations over nearly 130 kilometres of the coastal strip northwards of the Orange River.’
- ‘Furthermore, most of the research and development conducted during the previous 20 years that has borne any fruit has been focused on opencast mining and metallurgy.’
- ‘At Stockton-on-Tees a landfill site has been used for disposal of pigs and sheep from Danby Wiske and Easingwold in North Yorkshire, and dumping of sheep began at a former opencast mine near Widdrington, Northumberland.’
- ‘It will trip off the tongue of First Minister and would-be eco-hero, Jack McConnell - and it will become a new battle cry for families who fear they are being poisoned by opencast mining and landfill dumps.’
- ‘The NUM picket failed to shut down the opencast site, though the picket continued throughout most of the remaining period of the strike.’
- ‘Plans are in the pipeline to transform the vast opencast mine near the village with one of the biggest housing projects in South Yorkshire.’
- ‘This is particularly relevant in the West Gower section where there are no modern mines or opencast sites.’
- ‘However, there was also an opencast coal site on the outskirts of Chorley, which was a focus for picketing.’
- ‘Exploration for hydrocarbons has resulted in drilling to basement in many basins and, where coal seams occur close to the surface, opencast mining has exposed the strata.’
- ‘Kay said this habitat would be ‘menaced’ by the construction of a multi-lane coastal road and large-scale opencast pits.’
- ‘The two main methods of extraction are opencast mining and underground mining.’
- ‘Scottish Coal employs more than 1,000 at opencast mines in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Fife, supplying 4.3 million tons of coal a year to the power industry.’
- ‘The 1990s in Britain were marked by large and dramatic public protests against a government-sponsored programme of road building, and a private sector-led expansion of opencast quarrying.’
- ‘The project envisages over 400 opencast mines in an area collectively estimated to be home to around 1,500 tigers - one quarter of the entire global population.’
- ‘Earthwatch's ‘Cradle for Nature’ project was designed to develop a green way of using trees to create new soils on barren wasteland left behind after opencast mining.’
- ‘Villagers opposed to opencast mining plans near their homes claim the proposals could encroach on local water voles, currently the UK's fastest declining mammal.’
- ‘However, with prices rising to £50 a ton Scottish Coal, Scotland's biggest producer, has decided to open and extend opencast mines in east Ayrshire, south Lanarkshire, the Lothians and Fife.’
- ‘Mining mostly took place in opencast workings, and primitive methods involving hand sorting and sieving were used to refine the fibre.’
The activity of opencast mining.‘communities facing the destruction of their countryside by opencast’
- ‘Workers at the company's Westport's Stockton Mine, Huntly, the Ohai opencast in Southland and Rotowaro in the Waikato joined the strike.’
- ‘We are virtually surrounded by opencast and landfill with the promise of another 30 years of the same.’
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