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Leicestershire County Council has announced that a decision on whether UK Coal’s application for an opencast mine on the Minorca site can go ahead will be made on Thursday 23rd June. The Minorca Opencast Protest Group in, PR 104, gives more information on this and what MOPG is planning to do to prevent this application […]

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New report into Carbon Capture and Storage ‘Is Clean Coal an Act of Faith?’ by Anne Harris is a write up of a talk given to The Sheffield Humanist Society 3rd March 2010. A recording the presentation from the opposition, Terry Fox (TUC Clean Coal Task Force), this talk and contributions from the floor are […]

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Earlier this month there was another victory in North East England as an application to extract 140,000 tonnes of coal was thrown out. Northumberland county’s Planning and Environment Committee had unanimously rejected Mr Murphy’s application for a second time in 17 months.

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On Tuesday 15th February Durham county councillors voted unanimously to reject the application by UK: Coal to extract 530,000 tonnes of coal from the site known as Bradley. UK: Coal had tried to get the planning permission with sweeteners such as paying £7000,000 for a new roundabout, £53,000 for a community fund (10p per tonne of […]

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On Tuesday 15th February, Durham County Council (DCC) will decide whether to give UK Coal planning permission to work the Bradley opencast site near Leadgate. The Case Officer recommendation is that Durham County Council should approve the Application. The Durham’s Development Control and Regulatory Board meeting starts at 2.30pm. The local campaign group No Opencast […]

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The Minorca Opencast Protest Group has produced research showing the current and possible future locations for opencast coal mining in England. In all it identifies 23 current sites and 43 potential sites, including sites in Co Durham, Northumberland and Gateshead. The research has been produced to support the arguments for the 500 Metre Buffer Zone […]

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Reposted from Defend Huntington Lane blog: EDIT: 14/10/10 23:36 The current situation remains stable, no eviction notice has been served on the camp as yet. At around 8:30am today police officers and members of the National Eviction Team arrived on Site A to find the tree houses sadly unoccupied. The tree houses have now been […]

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On Tuesday 12th October Midlothian Council voted unanimously to reject Scottish Coal’s application for a 2 million tonne open cast coal mine next to the village of Cousland. Communities Against Airfield Open Cast have staged their hard-fought campaign for over two years now, achieving the best possible outcome, and very successfully convincing the planners to […]

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On Sunday afternoon a beautiful corner of Happendon Wood in the Douglas Valley, South Lanarkshire, was occupied to prevent its open casting and subsequent retail/industrial development. The camp will also serve as a base to organise within surrounding communities and to take action against coal infrastructure in Scottish Coal’s heartland. [New site taken! Come on […]