Dodgy Dealings of UK Coal

100_2025Should we trust a company which fights for planning application appeals after going into administration and when forced to sell it’s opencast mines, does so to a company which is essentially the same beast?

In November 2014 the four UK Coal Surface Mining Ltd (part of the UK Coal Production Ltd) opencast mines were sold to UKCSMR Ltd, a ‘new’ company. [1]

The sale of the surface mine aspect of UK Coal was a condition for the government loan for a phased closure of Kellingley and Thoresby deep mines, which will happen by the end of this year.

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Longannet closure announced: UK’s 2nd biggest power station to close within a year

Operators of Scotland’s remaining coal fired power station are set to announce its closure within the next year, after missing out on a National Grid contract. Not only does this mean that Scotland’s demand for blood-soaked coal from Colombia and other places will end, but also that numerous new opencast sites in the Central Belt of Scotland that relied on Longannet as a buyer of their coal will almost certainly not be going ahead. These include Glentaggart East in South Lanarkshire and Cauldahll in Midlothain, both the subject of hard-fought campaigns against them and operators Hargreaves/Scottish Coal. More to follow.

Drax’s new “White Elephant” coal plant – why DECC shouldn’t subsidise CCS

Biofuelwatch have produced a briefing on the new “White Rose” coal-fired power station, which is expected to be awarded almost £1 billion by DECC this year. Download the briefing here, and read Biofuelwatch’s summary below.

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Mine Threat Removed

cagooEarlier this month Coal Action Network group, CAGOO heard that UK Coal are no longer pursuing their application to mine at Great Oak near Newcastle under Lyme.

The site was controversial, like all of the other opencast sites, because no one wants to live next to an opencast coal mine. Additionally, in this case there was the history of the site where 78 men and boys died in a mining disaster and some of the bodies are entombed deep in the old mine shaft. Even the National Union of Miners was against this mine because the history of the deep mine on the same site.

Well done to everyone who fought this application and who were determined to ensure their area be protected from future damage from the coal industry.
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Drax and White Rose: the Carbon Capture White Elephant

The US Government has pulled the plug on a flagship carbon capture project on which they had already spent hundreds of millions of dollars. Meanwhile, the UK Government is expected to make an imminent announcement of a grant of up to £1 billion to a similar coal power station ‘carbon capture’ project by a consortium including Drax plc, owners of the UK’s largest power station.

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