Conlifct Over Use of Local Resource - CCC A2

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Quarrying Black Mountain
Black Mountain, Count Armagh. Is only
located around five miles from the centre
of Belfast city centre, where Basalt is mined
for. Basalt is quite widely available in county
Armagh but found nowhere else in
Northern Ireland or the Republic.
The basalt mined required for covering
roads all over the British Isles, as it is rare
rock. Due to the rarity of Basaltic rock in
Britain it is high and demand, as it is only
found in small quantities in England. The
two major sites of England are actually in
the Lake District National Park and the
Northumberland National Park. But also
the rock is very versatile and can be used
for many things, and is considered highly
profitable.
The mine buildings have been painted in a
natural looking green to blend in with the
landscape, and not interrupt the views as
much as initially thought when the mine was erected. But it does produce noise pollution due to the
explosions that have to take place, to release the rock so it can be transported and refined. As well as some
minor and physical pollution.
Problem
Due to the small amount of employees at the site, some people argue whether it is having a
worthwhile benefit on the town as it degrades the environment. Due to it produce chemicals and
aroma pollution close to a high density population.
It has been known as well to extenuate reparatory problems, as they grind basalt to dust at the
site.
The dust produced has also had a negative affect on the vegetation on the surrounding hills, that
receive the prevailing wind
People are also against the consistent transportation of the mined goods going to Belfast harbour
and elsewhere around the region.
The land is valuable to housing developers, trying to create a new Belfast after the troubles.
The blasting at the mine has caused structural problems to some buildings in the immediate area
It is an eye saw

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Local Resource Use
Problems over local resources are either resolved by market processes or planning processes. : Newbury Bypass: Second runway
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Naomi

Thank you so much!!!!! So helpful!! :)

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