with someone who told me she had a friend who is involved with the government's road salt allocation scheme. Apparently this person says we are virtually out of salt - only 15 tons a day can come out of the ground - and if there was to be another spate of snow this winter we would be in dire trouble.
You learn something new everyday. I always thought salt was produced by evaporation, I didn't know you could mine for it. Having a "Google" out of interest, it seems the 15 tons a day figure could be a smidgen out, lol. click here
I also thought the 15 ton figure was wrong, but my client assures me that was what she was told.Something's obviously wrong.
I'm going to investigate further in the morning, but the part about 'we're almost out of salt' was pretty hard to misunderstand. If so much can come out of one mine I wonder how it can be necessary for the government to take control of supplies. After all, the mine in your link only produces 50% of the total UK demand, and it produces 30,000 tonnes a week. If it's doing that all year round, and we're still desperately short It seems we need a lot more salt than I ever realised. Surely we're not using up 60,000 tonnes a week, every week of the year?