Ferrybridge Power Station to Close

closure-signSSE have announced today (20th May 2015) that they are closing their Ferrybridge powerstation on the 31st March 2016.

‘Paul Smith, SSE Managing Director…said: “This was a very difficult decision to take because of the impact on our Ferrybridge employees, their families and the community. It’s been known for many years that the UK would have to phase out coal as it moves towards a more sustainable energy mix. We’ve sought to protect jobs and invest in the site to keep it running for as long as we possibly could but ultimately we’ve had to make this regrettable decision today.’From the SSE website.

Even the power companies are acknowledging that it is time to close dirty coal fired power stations.
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Local people and rhinos fight against coal

imfoloziOver a thousand vocal Fuleni residents gathered at Ntuthunga 2… Sunday, 17 May 2015… for a meeting called by Ibutho Coal to present information about the EIA [Environmental Impact Assessment] report.

Ibutho Coal’s application for an open cast mine that threatens the world famous iMfolozi wilderness area, in South Africa, which is 40 meters from the application site, a sanctuary for the greatest concentration of rhino in the world. The mine also threatens the health of neighbouring rural communities. The area is very water poor and so the people, animals and the mine would fight for the resource.
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#axedrax 2015: action round up

2 On Wednesday 22nd April 2015, we celebrated Earth Day with Biofuelwatch and the London Mining Network by targeting the UK’s biggest power station at its company AGM. Highlights of the day included: a lively protest held together with the London Mining Network outside the AGM, disruption inside the AGM, a stunt at the DECC offices and an open letter delivered to DECC, from groups based in North America, South America and Europe.

More photos here and here.

Sign on: Read the International Open Letter to DECC

Sign the petition: No public funds for a new power station at Drax!

Watch: Biomass & Coal: Why you should join the #axedrax demonstration

Follow: #axedrax twitter updates

Media: Press releases

Drax is the largest coal-fired power station and single biggest carbon emitter in the UK, and is now also the biggest biomass power station in the world. In return for trashing forests and digging up communities, Drax is receiving massive subsidies when it should have been closed down years ago. Join us in exposing and opposing burning biomass and coal. For forests, communities and the climate, it’s time to #axedrax!

Find out more about Drax and other coal to biomass conversions


Anti-coal activists have used a tripod to block the private railway between enormous brown coal mine in the Hambacher forest and the RWE power station it supplies. The line was blocked by activists for eight hours, earlier this week, causing disruption on the private railway only used to transport coal. A second group of blockaders prevented the line being used after the first group was removed. For more info check out their website http://hambachforest.blogsport.de

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Drax Power Station: petition against new White Rose CCS plant & protest at AGM


Please sign the petition against a new coal fired power station in the UK!

Join us on 22nd April for a lively protest to expose and oppose the impacts of Drax’s coal and biomass burning!

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