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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. Why is this a bad decision? The […]

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Dodgy Dealings of UK Coal
March 24, 2015

Should we trust a company which fights for planning application appeals after going into administration and when forced to sell it’s opencast mines, does so to a company which is essentially the same beast? In November 2014 the four UK Coal Surface Mining Ltd (part of the UK Coal Production Ltd) opencast mines were sold […]

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The 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 […]

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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. […]

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NOTT Again
October 16, 2014

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 […]

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High Court Demo Against UK Coal
June 5, 2013

Social Justice and Environmental Campaigners demonstrated at the High Court of Justice, London. Today desperate Coal Company – UK Coal sought to over-rule the community, Durham Council and the Secretary of State’s Inspectors to be allowed to mine over half a million tonnes of coal from rural County Durham. Today was the first of two […]

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Demonstration in central London against UK Coal this Wednesday UK Coal have been trying to opencast Bradley, Dipton in county Durham. First their planning application was unanimously rejected by the local council. Then they lost on appeal and now they’re seeking a judicial review. Please join The Coal Action Network at 9am on 5th June […]

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UK Coal wont let go
May 16, 2013

Struggling mining company UK Coal are desperate to opencast 556,000 tonnes of coal from Bradley, County Durham. They are taking their application to Judicial Review on 5th June at the London High Court. UK Coal seemed to be going into liquidation voluntarily (according to a report in the Financial Times). Local businesses in the North […]

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Victory against UK Coal!
February 26, 2012

The Pont Valley Network and Durham County Council have successfully prevented UK Coal mining half a million tonnes of Coal from Bradley when UK Coal appealed the decision made last year. The inspectors report was published on Thursday 23rd February which rejects the appeal, by UK Coal. Durham County Council unanimously rejected the application a […]