Community say ‘No’ to Hilltop Project

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Supporters of Hilltop Action Group today (29/7/15) met at Derbyshire County Council Offices in Matlock to present a petition to the Council.

Norman Humprhys organised a team of volunteers at the end of 2014 to canvass all the houses within 1km of the proposed Hilltop Opencast site. They did a sterling job in often terrible weather and collected over 1600 signatures – very few refused to sign.
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Blazing a trail of deception: the White Rose Project and “negative emissions” technologies

whiteelephantBlazing a trail of deception: the White Rose Project and “negative emissions” technologies

by Oliver Munnion, published on OpenDemocracy

In the UK, a new coal fired power station is being developed by Drax that, if built, would be the first new coal fired power station to be switched on since Drax’s existing power station opened in 1974. This is surprising given that there were mass protests against new coal in the UK that saw a whole new generation of coal fired power stations stopped in their tracks. Yet plans for Drax’s new “White Rose” power station are proceeding largely unopposed. This is because, as will be discussed below, the UK public has been fooled by the rhetoric of “clean coal”, “bioenergy with carbon capture and storage”, and “negative emissions”.

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Sign up to get banks to quit coal

banksquitcoalThe coal industry is the number one source of carbon emissions, which are radically changing the world’s climate and in turn threatening a range of devastating impacts for all life on earth. We can end our reliance on coal – but we need to do so quickly. One way to achieve this is for banks to stop ?nancing this industry. We call upon all banks to publicly pledge to phase out finance for the coal industry, and to do so before the upcoming Paris Climate Summit. 

Support the call for banks to do the Paris Pledge!

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Best Possible Outcome for Nant Llesg

overview1A great result for all those who have campaigned over the months and years against another enormous opencast adjacent to the controversial Ffos-y-Fran site.

Today’s planning hearing for Miller Argent’s proposal to mine 6 million tonnes from the Nant Llesg site gave the best possible result.

The councillors voted unanimously against the proposal and the decision has now been deferred to a hearing on the 4th August for refusal. The planning team will write up the planning reasons for rejection and there will be a vote on them. The application was recommended for approval by the planning officers who seemed keen to push this, the councillors could not completely reject the application today as it had been recommended for approval.

It is possible that the mine could be approved in the August meeting, but unlikely.

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Giant White Elephant delivers over 110,000 signatures against White Rose CCS coal plant

WR-JoSyz-1You can still sign the petition!

Press release here.

At 9am this morning, environmental groups delivered a petition signed by over 110,000 people to new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd. The petition calls for an end to government support for Drax’s new White Rose ‘carbon capture’ power station. Campaigners took a giant inflatable white elephant to DECC’s Whitehall offices and held banners saying “No Public Funds for Coal and Biomass!”

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