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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Fight the plans for new 6 million tonne Welsh coal mine

Alyson-AustinThe decision on Miller Argent’s application to mine coal from Nant Llesg, Rhymney Valley, near Merthyr Tydfil is to be made on the 24th June 2015.

The company already operates the nearby and highly controversial Ffos-y-Fran mine. Not sure what the impacts for local people living in the shadow of mines is? Check out Alyson’s story here.

Want to help stop the mine? Sign the Friends of the Earth Petition against it here.

It is likely that, where the mine given the go ahead, it would supply Aberthaw power station. Which is the 23rd dirtiest coal fired power station in Europe, by quantity of CO2 released [1] and currently breaking EU air quality standards by releasing nitrogen dioxide limits that were more than twice the legal limit.[2] For this the UK government is being taken to the EU court.

In the UK alone, toxic fumes emitted by Britain’s coal plants are the cause of 1600 premature deaths and an estimated £2.7 billion worth of respiratory health problems a year. [2]

It’s time to move away from destructive fuels sources. Stop the Nant Llesg mine.
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Wrong Decision – Bradley Mine Approved by Inspector

On Wednesday (3/6/15) it was announced that UK Coal’s application to mine 520,561 tonnes of coal from a site called Bradley, was approved. The site is currently agricultural land in Leadgate, Durham. This is a highly contested site with really strong and well orchestrated opposition from local people.

whole siteWhy is this a bad decision?

  • The community were so very clear that there was NO COMMUNITY CONSENT
  • One woman (the planning inspector) thinks she can decide whether a mine would offer ‘national, local or community benefits which would clearly outweigh the remaining adverse impacts.’ How can she possibly say yes when the community SAYS NO.
  • We are moving away from a reliance on coal (but not quickly enough) with two coal fired power stations announcing closures next year
  • The company pursuing the application will not directly operate the site as they have serious financial difficulties and had to be helped by the government in closing their last remaining deep mines and were order to sell off their remaining opencast mines

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18 actions against fuel injustice

Last weekend activists from Reclaim the Power camped at Didcot gas fired power station, Oxfordshire. On Monday (1st June) an amazing 18 places were targetted. This included

Action 1: 9.04am – Npower’s debt collection and pre-payment meter office in Leeds blockaded

RWE-Leeds-blockadeKeith, one of the protesters from Hebden Bridge, said:

“We’re here today to highlight the hypocrisy of big energy companies profiting from a continued investment in destructive fossil fuels. RWE npower paid no corporation tax for three years, while forcing the most vulnerable people deeper into fuel poverty through the use of prepayment meters, standing charges and debt collection.”

RWE npower own Aberthaw Coal fired power station in South Wales which is in breach of EU air quality standards.

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