“The whole valley flows, take one piece out of it and it is broken.”

wagonwayThe final week of the Bradley opencast saw a damning presentation from a local farmer, which disarmed the coal company. The ecologists view of the site was countered by excellent knowledge of local residents who know the site. The bitter disagreement about whether there are bell pits on the site continued and the transport expert tried to tell us that more HGVs on the road would not be a problem. Their planning expert said that footfalls on the footpaths were not high, whilst the locals countered that it’s tranquillity is the attraction and that 5 people a day is important.
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Fight for the Kites. Bradley Inquiry Continues


This week saw many more powerful contributions from the local community. On the evening session more than 55 residents and concerned parties came to watch and support PVN. Presentations were of high quality and too numerous to be listed.

Dr. Harbinson explained the damage which would be done to the vulnerable, re-introduced, red kite population. Red kites are seen foraging on the site on an almost daily basis. The kites were introduced in 2004 as part of a national reintroduction program, and sadly this area has been the least successful area. ‘Crucially there is a failure of the birds to extend their range beyond the core area of the Derwent Valley.’ This emphasises the necessity to make no changes which could adversely affect the birds.

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Indonesian Activist Joins dirty Coal Tour

dteWe are pleased to announce that The Dirty Coal Tour will be joined by Pius Ginting from Friends of the Earth Indonesia. BHP Billiton, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange are plan to cause devastation in Indonesia, in addition to the countries they are already exploiting. Thanks to down to Earth and War on want for making his trip possible.

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NOTT Again

The second appeal for the application at Bradley, near Dipton, County Durham is well under way, with UK Coal Surface Mining Limited admitting that they have to sell the site and so will not be operating it.

So far local residents and members of NOTT (No Opencast Today or Tomorrow) part of the Pont Valley Network have made representations to the hearing in several sittings.

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Dirty coal Tour Northern England Dates

colom-3Sheffield: Sunday 26th October, 16:00-18:00

Lecture Theatre 2, MAPP-LT02, University of Sheffield.


Durham: Monday 27th October, 19:00-21:00

Room ER145, Elvet Riverside 1, Durham University, DH1 3JT

Newcastle: Tuesday 28th October Fine Art lecture hall, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, 7pm-9.30pm


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