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Northeastern part of the Bilanivske ferruginousquartzite quarry: Risks of mining allotment

Serhii Lashko1

1Kremenchuk Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi National University, Kremenchuk, 39600, Ukraine

Min. miner. depos. 2021, 15(3):54-61

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      Purpose.Substantiation of the managerial decisions to minimize the risks of mining the Bilanivske ferruginous quartzite quarry on its northeastern margin.

      Methods. The legislative, methodological, cartographic and literary materials on the topic, as well as the area of survey have been analyzed. The necessary cartographic plotting and calculations have been performed. An abstract-logical method is used to formulate conclusions and theoretical generalizations.

      Findings. The ecological risks of the Bilanivske quarry northeastern margin have been substantiated: presence of uranium ore deposits and a radioactive anomaly; geochemical pollution of groundwater; a depression cone, large in area and in depth, can be formed in the region; a probability of using explosives when mining the field; use of the Bilanivske quarry eastern side for laying mine shafts and adits. The question is raised about the expected expansion of the Bilanivske quarry boundaries to the east during its mining, as well as falling into the sanitary protection zone boundaries of the northwestern residential community of the Nova Haleshchyna urban-type settlement. It is recommended, when mining the Bilanivske and Kremenchuk (Haleshchynske) iron ore deposits, to develop for them a unified draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and a unified draft of sanitary protection zone, taking into account the fact of their mutual influence on the environment.

      Originality.For the first time, based on a combination of geological, mining, technological and spatial factors, a site (zone) of mutual risks has been identified in the Bilanivske and Kremenchuk (Haleshchynske) iron ore deposits development. The site has an area of 165 ha, bounded by the northeastern side of the Bilanivske quarry and the southern boundary of the planned Haleshchynske mine.

      Practical implications.The research results can substantiate the need to resettle the residents from the northwestern residential community of the Nova Haleshchyna urban-type settlement, taking into account the Bilanivske field development by the open-pit method. In addition, they also can serve as a basis for resolving disputes between these residents and the administration of Ferrexpo Belanovo Mining LLC (Bilanivske Mining Plant).

      Keywords:quarry, boundary, zone, risks, site, special permit, mining allotmen


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