Coal Action Network

No mention of biomass electricity in Amber Rudd speech, despite high carbon emissions (Media Release) Amber Rudd’s announcement [1] that the government aims for a gradual replacement of coal power stations with ones burning gas, without any firm commitment on the timescale has been condemned by environmental groups in the UK and US [2]. Campaigners […]

Today’s announcement by Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change made no meaningful commitment to phase out coal. A full and fast phase out of coal fired power stations is needed in order to reach climate change targets and protect communities at home and abroad from the damages of opencasting and other […]

Last week campaigners closed down Bank’s Shotton opencast mine in Northumberland. For the full story see this article from the New Statesman. “So these are the reasons why I’m breaking the law today, sitting in a hole in the ground in Northumberland, locked onto a coal mining machine as the rain falls gently around me. […]

Contradictory Opencast Coal
October 20, 2015

Banks have submitted their application to mine near to Druridge Bay, Northumberland tourist spot in the same week that Celtic Energy announces that they are going to mothball their Selar opencast coal mine in South Wales as it is uneconomic. The two pieces of information show that although there has been a significant reduction in […]

Hargreaves tries to bribe opposition
October 13, 2015

Scotland’s biggest opencast operator Hargreaves has been shown to be trying to bribe a local resident opposing its mine application in County Durham. At the public inquiry, due to end today, evidence has come to light of Hargreaves offering to exchange land for “withdrawing any objection(s)” by Steve MacQuarry, the Planning Director for Hargreaves. To […]

Yesterday, 1st October 2015, saw the first speakers from the local community opposing the application by Hargreaves to mine half a million tonnes of coal from Pittington Co. Durham. The public inquiry opened on Tuesday with speakers from the council defending their decision to reject the application in June 2014. Yesterday speakers from the community […]


Representatives of fifty three groups from twenty three countries who are opposing coal mining and working for climate justice have signed an open letter against UK opencast coal mining. The letter, addressed to the Planning Inspectorate and Derbyshire County Council, asks for two opencast coal mine applications to be refused, as “English law enables applications […]

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE 28 September 2015 Voices from the Global South stand in solidarity with UK groups to oppose English opencast mines. Representatives of fifty three groups from twenty-three countries who are opposing coal mining and working for climate justice have signed an open letter against UK opencast coal mining. The letter, addressed to the […]

Drax have announced today that they’re pulling out of the White Rose Project, which hopefully spells the end of the new coal-fired power station plans. Here’s some reaction from Biofuelwatch: Biofuelwatch Media Advisory, 25th September 2015 Environmental campaigners welcome today’s news that Drax Plc has withdrawn from the proposed White Rose Project. The power station […]

“We won Eventually”
September 22, 2015

Campaigners from Cowley Residents Action Group (CRAG) welcome the news that RecyCoal is not going to work the site at Hesley Wood Tip. Sheffield County Council approved the application early in 2013 despite strong local opposition. The coal company immediately felled all the trees on the site, but never then started on extraction or building […]

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