Coal Action Network
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The application to mine coal at the Varteg in South Wales has been withdrawn by the coal company Glamorgan Power.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 The application was withdrawn by the company from planning before […]

Banks has to mothballed its Rusha opencast coal mine in West Lothian! There will only be one opencast coal mine in Scotland operating. Scotland’s last coal fired power station, Longannet, closed in March 2016. Hunterston coal terminal has been clearing its stockpiles. Campaigners welcome the changes but are fighting for sites to be remediated. The […]

Film, speakers and discussions We know burning coal causes climate change, but what do we know of its human and ecological impacts? “The consequences of coal mining in Russia are terrible. There are environmental and economic disasters happening in mining regions, especially in Kuzbass where the most of coal reserves located. Public health is getting […]

May 6, 2016 By  Mathieu Munsch, PhD student in climate change politics (From Fossil Free Strathclyde‘s website. CAN wanted to write something about the action, but feel like this piece is excellent, deserves wide circulation and covers everything we would have said. Excellent work.) It is 4 am and I can’t sleep. A year ago, […]

Reclaim the Power’s ‘Solidarity Sunday’, focussed on solidarity with the local community living next to the existing mine, Ffos-y-fran and the proposed mine site, Nant Llesg and international struggles against the coal industry. It was the second day of the End Coal Now camp by Reclaim the Power. Campers travelled to Fochriw village hall to […]

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