Victory at Deansfield

UK Coal’s application to mine 1.18 million tonnes of coal and up to 100,000 tonnes of fireclay, at Deanfield,  Wakefield was rejected last week. Well done to Stop Opencast in Sharlston (SOS) and all the local people who have resisted the mines. Their work included helping the council create a Health Impact Assessment procedure.
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Object to Diglake Opencast

DiglakememorialUK Coal has applied to Staffordshire Council for planning permission to extract 450,000 tonnes of coal and fireclay from Bignall End, Newcastle under Lyme. Campaign Against Great Oak Opencast are asking that concerned parties write letters of objection to the case officer Graham Allen citing application number N.14/03/2013 M.

CAGOO have been fighting the application from the start. If it were given the go ahead a massive hole would be dug over the bodies of the remaining victims of the 1895 flooding disaster at Diglake Colliery where only some of the bodies of the 78 men and boys killed in the mine were recovered.
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Support opencast communities in Scotland – call for moratorium and public inquiry

Please support communities opposing opencast in Scotland by participating in this online action: The Scottish Government are currently consulting on new regulation for what they hope will “regulate restoration effectively”. But whilst they consult, Hargreaves are being allowed to mine under even less regulation and oversight than before the collapse of Scottish Coal and ATH Resources. Communities living next to opencast mines in Scotland don’t need another CON-sultation – they need effective action to safeguard their health, well-being and local environment.

It is not acceptable that this crisis is being used as yet another opportunity for yet another mining company to scrape what they can out of communities and the environment whilst taking no responsibility for their actions. It is is time to seek justice for communities living near opencast mines – please respond to the consultation by visiting the Stop Cauldhall Opencast website here:

Consultation ends Thursday 27th February – please tell tell you friends, family and colleagues to take part too!

Objection letters needed


Hargreaves Surface Mining Ltd have submitted an application to mine for 514,000 tonnes of coal and up to 83,000 tonnes of fireclay from Field House Farm, north of Low Pittington. The application (no. CMA/4/107) is due before the County Council’s Planning Committee early in 2014. (Probably March 4th)
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RecyCoal Affected by Low International Coal prices

100_1737RecyCoal, who want to recover 395 thousand tonnes of coal from their site at Hesley Wood Tip, Chapeltown, Sheffield, say that the international coal price is too low to start extraction. This goes to show that new coal developments are not financially viable and there is not the need for coal the industry would like us to believe.
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