Solidarity with Bangladesh
September 5, 2016

Friday, the 26th August 2016 marks a decade since three people were shot dead and two hundred injured on a peaceful demonstration of 80,000 people who marched against plans by Global Coal Resources Management (GCM),who are listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM listings. GCM want to build a massive open cast coal mine in […]

By Richard Solly, London Mining Network Co-ordinator Last month, I represented LMN member group Colombia Solidarity Campaign on a delegation organised by US organisation Witness for Peace to La Guajira in northern Colombia. We went to visit communities and workers affected by the massive opencast Cerrejón coal mine, owned by London-listed companies Anglo American,  BHP […]

Welsh Coal Industry Changes
July 9, 2016

This year there have been a number of changes in relation to coal mining and burning in Wales. Power stations Aberthaw, Wales’ biggest coal fired power station has said it will operate on reduced hours from April 2017. The power station is currently central to a legal case being heard by the Court of Justice […]

Today is a sad day. Highthorn opencast coal mine was approved this afternoon (5th July) by Northumberland County Council despite huge opposition.  If it starts ,the mine could extract 3 million tonnes of coal before 2023. There is thought to be greater quantities of coal in the area than the application has sought permission to […]

Why we must act to save Druridge
June 20, 2016

This is a guest piece written by one of the people involved in the campaign to Save Druridge. To help the campaign see the end of the article. Save Druridge started almost 3 years ago in a house right next to the picturesque beach of Druridge Bay. To begin with we were just between 6-8 […]

Open letter to the President of Cerrejón Coal and the Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Glencore (Co-ordinated by the London Mining Network) 7 June 2016 Roberto Junguito, President, Cerrejón Coal Sir John Parker, Chairman, Anglo American Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive, Anglo American Jac Nasser, Chairman, BHP Billiton Andrew Mackenzie, […]

Guest piece by James Woods. (Photograph: Broken Cross, South Lanarkshire) I recently, well kind of recently, went along to the Scottish Opencast Communities Alliance (SOCA) conference in Glasgow on the 23rd of April. I had been involved a small bit in anti-opencast activism and have family from New Cumnock, so I had a little insight […]

As part of the Ditch Coal tour, Vladimir Slivyak and Anne Harris visited the Woodburn protest camp outside of Belfast. At the camp local people are fighting against Infrastrata’s exploratory drilling for oil in the Woodburn forest. The Stop the Drill Campaign is raising awareness about the drilling in the Woodburn Forest, only 380m uphill […]

Banks has to mothballed its Rusha opencast coal mine in West Lothian! There will only be one opencast coal mine in Scotland operating. Scotland’s last coal fired power station, Longannet, closed in March 2016. Hunterston coal terminal has been clearing its stockpiles. Campaigners welcome the changes but are fighting for sites to be remediated. The […]

Film, speakers and discussions We know burning coal causes climate change, but what do we know of its human and ecological impacts? “The consequences of coal mining in Russia are terrible. There are environmental and economic disasters happening in mining regions, especially in Kuzbass where the most of coal reserves located. Public health is getting […]