Coal Mines Messinia

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Coal Mines Messinia

Post by happygirl » Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:48 pm


A proposal for a lignite (brown coal) mine in the Homatero/Falanthi area (about 7kms from Koroni) is to be considered by the Peloponnese regional council in Tripoli next Monday, 6 February. The company involved apparently already owns about 450 acres of land in this area. Some facts about lignite mining: -

•Lignite mining can be detrimental to surface and ground water. Lignite has high concentrations of sulphur that can create acidic discharges to adjacent water bodies. To reach lignite, groundwater must be pumped out to below lignite seams – thus contributing to regional hydrological deficits. Flooding can overwhelm retention basins for containing and treating acidic run-off.
•Lignite mining can lead to health problems in nearby communities such as respiratory problems due to mining dust and releases of ash and sulphur dioxide. Mining dust can find its way into surrounding rivers, reservoirs and ground water.
•Once extracted, lignite power emits high emissions of greenhouse gases. Burning one ton of lignite releases one ton of carbon dioxide (CO2). Lignite power produces high amounts of ash thus contributing to air quality impacts and health impacts to the elderly and young alike. Mercury air emission levels from burning or refining lignite also are high, so strict and costly emission controls must be installed on coal plants and synthetic fuel refineries.
•Local communities pay a higher price than the price of lignite. In Europe, lignite is sold to power plants for about 10 Euros per ton. An investigation of the European environmental agencies on lignite subsidies has shown that hidden costs such as exclusion from taxes and fees, health detriments, and the contribution to global warming impose an additional financial burden on society of at least 25 Euros for each ton of lignite that is mined and burned. The maximum estimate is nearly 200 Euros per ton when all effects on future generations are included.
•Lignite has a high content of volatile matter that makes it easier to convert into gas and liquid petroleum products than higher‐ranking coals. However, its high moisture content and susceptibility to spontaneous combustion can cause problems in transportation and storage.
•Lignite is mined using the open cast method
•Lignite mines are usually in operation for 40-50 years
Here is a link to a paper which outlines the background and use of lignite for electricity production in Greece:- ... NPOfuyZ7Hc

Many people expressed their opposition to the current proposal at a meeting in Koroni recently and there will be a further meeting at 11am this Sunday, 5th February at Homatero School. If you are unable to attend this meeting, but would nevertheless like to express your opinion on this proposal, you can do so by email. This contact information has come from the Koroni Press:


Αγαπητοί κάτοικοι περιοχής Κορώνης

Προκειμένου να εκφράσουμε την αντίθεση μας στην δημιουργία δύο επιφανειακών λιγνιτωρυχείων στην περιοχή Χωματερού – Φαλάνθης μπορούμε να στείλουμε την διαμαρτυρία μας στις κάτωθι δημόσιες υπηρεσίες. (Ει δυνατόν ηλεκτρονικά πριν την Κυριακή)

Dear residents of the Koroni area you could send your protest – letter (by email preferably before Sunday) against the coal-mines to the following addresses. It could be written in any language besides Greek.

Την Κυριακή 5 Φεβρουαρίου 2012 στις 11:00 θα γίνει μια ακόμη συνάντηση στο Δημοτικό σχολείο στo Χωματερό. Η συμμετοχή όλων μας είναι περισσότερο από αναγκαία σε αυτή τη προσπάθεια να αποτρέψουμε την επικείμενη περιβαλλοντολογική καταστροφή.

On Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. another meeting will be held at Homatero village.

The participation of all of us is more than necessary in an effort to prevent the impending environmental disaster.


Γενικός Γραμματέας Αποκεντρωμένης Διοίκησης Πελοποννήσου-Δυτικής Ελλάδας-Ιονίου

Ν.Ε.Ο Πατρών - Αθηνών

264 42 ΠΑΤΡΑ

(tel 2610465801 fax 2610421799)

Secretary general of decentralized administration Peloponnese - Western Greece - Ionian

N.E.O Patron - Athinon 69-71 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

264 42 PATRA


Γενική Διεύθυνση Χωροταξικής & Περιβαλλοντικής Πολιτικής

Ν.Ε.Ο Πατρών - Αθηνών 69-71

264 42 ΠΑΤΡΑ

(tel 2610465888 fax 26104465839)

General directorate of land planning and environmental policy e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

N.Ε.Ο Patron – Athinon 69-71

264 42 PATRA


Περιφερειάρχη Πελοποννήσου κ. Πέτρο Τατούλη e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Prefect Peloponnese

Πρόεδρο Περιφερειακού Συμβουλίου κ. Γιώργο Πουλοκέφαλο gpoulok@otenet.grThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Chairman of Regional Council

Στρατήγη Τριαντάφυλλο stratigis@arcadia.grThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Περιφέρεια Πελοποννήσου

Περιφερειάρχης: Τατούλης Πέτρος

Διεύθυνση: Πλατεία Εθνάρχου Μακαρίου, 22100 Τρίπολη

Τηλέφωνο: 2713-601190-91-92 FAX: 2713-601173
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Re: URGENT HELP DISASTER Coal Mines Messinia

Post by TheOtherPaul » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:38 am

Is the proposal to serve the Megalopoli power station, which implies a lot of lorry movements? bu

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Re: Coal Mines Messinia

Post by Kolofarthos » Sun May 27, 2012 11:38 pm

Any update on this?

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