#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!

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.

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