Coal Action Network

By Richard Solly, London Mining Network Co-ordinator Last month, I represented LMN member group Colombia Solidarity Campaign on a delegation organised by US organisation Witness for Peace to La Guajira in northern Colombia. We went to visit communities and workers affected by the massive opencast Cerrejón coal mine, owned by London-listed companies Anglo American,  BHP […]

Welsh Coal Industry Changes
July 9, 2016

This year there have been a number of changes in relation to coal mining and burning in Wales. Power stations Aberthaw, Wales’ biggest coal fired power station has said it will operate on reduced hours from April 2017. The power station is currently central to a legal case being heard by the Court of Justice […]

Today is a sad day. Highthorn opencast coal mine was approved this afternoon (5th July) by Northumberland County Council despite huge opposition.  If it starts ,the mine could extract 3 million tonnes of coal before 2023. There is thought to be greater quantities of coal in the area than the application has sought permission to […]

Three foreign human rights and environmental campaigners have come together to reject the application by Banks Group to mine at Highthorn, Northumberland. The local campaign, Save Druridge have been doing brilliant work in raising fighting this application. Activists from Colombia, Russia and Indonesia, who are all battling against coal mines in their own countries, have […]

Why we must act to save Druridge
June 20, 2016

This is a guest piece written by one of the people involved in the campaign to Save Druridge. To help the campaign see the end of the article. Save Druridge started almost 3 years ago in a house right next to the picturesque beach of Druridge Bay. To begin with we were just between 6-8 […]

Vladimir Slivyak from Ecodefense spoke with knowledge and depth about the issues affecting communities living next to opencast coal mines in the Kuzbass region of Russia. This is the main part of Russia producing coal for export markets, the UK is the second biggest consumer of Russian coal, after China. Vladimir and Anne Harris, from […]

Open letter to the President of Cerrejón Coal and the Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Glencore (Co-ordinated by the London Mining Network) 7 June 2016 Roberto Junguito, President, Cerrejón Coal Sir John Parker, Chairman, Anglo American Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive, Anglo American Jac Nasser, Chairman, BHP Billiton Andrew Mackenzie, […]

Guest piece by James Woods. (Photograph: Broken Cross, South Lanarkshire) I recently, well kind of recently, went along to the Scottish Opencast Communities Alliance (SOCA) conference in Glasgow on the 23rd of April. I had been involved a small bit in anti-opencast activism and have family from New Cumnock, so I had a little insight […]

As part of the Ditch Coal tour, Vladimir Slivyak and Anne Harris visited the Woodburn protest camp outside of Belfast. At the camp local people are fighting against Infrastrata’s exploratory drilling for oil in the Woodburn forest. The Stop the Drill Campaign is raising awareness about the drilling in the Woodburn Forest, only 380m uphill […]

The application to mine coal at the Varteg in South Wales has been withdrawn by the coal company Glamorgan Power. Glamorgan power were seeking permission to extract 256,000 tonnes of coal 30 meters from houses and 120 meters away from Ysgol Bryn Onnen, primary school. The application was withdrawn by the company from planning before […]

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