A freight train accident near Drísy north of Prague has closed the track between Stará Boleslav and Mělník, the ctk news agency reports. Four carriages carrying tankers with crude oil derailed and one of them turned over. Czech Railways reported a small oil leak. Clean up work is expected to continue for several more hours and passengers have been asked to make use of replacement busses provided by Czech Railways. The damage is estimated at over 11 million crowns.
Two freight trains collided near the town of Velvet in north Bohemia in the early hours of Friday. One of the engine drivers was killed in the accident. According to early reports the collision was caused by human error. Several carriages were derailed and work on clearing the tracks is expected to take up most of the day. Czech Railways have arranged replacement busses on the Ustí nad Labem-Bílina line until approximately 4pm.
Restrictions will also be lifted on a second lignite mine in North Bohemia in the future, says the Czech president, Miloš Zeman. Communicating through his spokesman on Tuesday, Mr. Zeman said he welcomed the cabinet’s decision to remove limits at the Bílina pit in the Ústí nad Labem region and that he shared the view of the local government and unions that the same move will be made in connection with the nearby ČSA mine sooner or later. Critics say lifting mining restrictions will harm the environment and the health of locals; proponents say it will deliver jobs in a region with relatively high unemployment.
After years of deliberations, the Czech government on Monday voted in favour of lifting brown coal mining limits in the Bílina pit in northern Bohemia, where there are over 100 million tons of coal still in the ground. Although extended mining will not require the demolition of nearby villages, the locals are worried it will have a negative impact on their living conditions and may set a dangerous precedent.
The Czech cabinet announced a long-awaited decision on the future of mining limits in the Ústí region in North Bohemia on Monday, agreeing to do away with limits at the facility in Bílina to allow the extraction of an estimated 100 million tonnes of brown coal. The move comes despite warnings from doctors, scientists and others who have said the change could harm the environment and would negatively impact local communities. By contrast, the move was welcomed by hundreds of miners and other supporters who say it will improve local employment. Industry and Trade Minister Jan Mládek told the press that while restrictions would likely be lifted at Bílina, they would remain in place at another mine, ČSA. Restrictions on mining in the area have in place since 1991.
The Czech cabinet is set make a long-awaited decision on the future of mining limits in North Bohemia at a session in regional centre Ústí nad Labem on Monday, the Czech News Agency reported. It said ministers would were likely between two options, both of which envisage doing away with limits at the Bílina mine. Opponents and supporters of the move are expected to demonstrate outside the cabinet meeting. Doctors, scientists and other concerned persons have written to Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka warning that the change could harm the environment and the health of local communities; those in favour say it will be good for employment in the region. Restrictions on mining in the area have been in place since 1991.
Three pedestrians were seriously injured after being hit by trams in three different parts of Prague on Friday evening and night. A 32-year-old man was hit by the Biskupcova tram stop in Žižkov, a man of 27 was hit near the Invalidovna stop in Karlín and a 46-year old woman was hit at the Slavia stop in Vršovice, the spokesperson for the city’s rescue services, Jiřina Ernestová, told the Czech News Agency. She said people needed to be aware that trams had right of way over pedestrians.
Around a hundred doctors from the region of Ústí nad Labem in North Bohemia have called on the government to carefully consider the easing of existing limits on brown coal mining in the region. In an open letter presented in the Senate on Wednesday, the doctors argue that relaxing of brown coal mining limits would have a negative impact on local people’s health. According to one of the petition’s initiators, Petr Končel, the limits were introduced because of the alarming condition of local inhabitants, who frequently suffer from respiratory problems and other diseases. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has been considering abandoning the limits at the Bílina mine as soon as this year.