May confirms UK coal phase-out
September 18, 2017

Today (18th September 2017) Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that the UK will stop using coal for electricity generation by 2025. In a speech delivered in Canada she said, “[W]e have confirmed our joint commitment to supporting the global transition away from a reliance on coal as an energy source. Once again, the UK […]

New opencast coal mines??
March 14, 2017

While the UK government is currently considering the submissions on its proposal to phase-out coal in electricity generation in 2025, coal mining companies are still trying to ravage the earth to squeeze out more coal within Britain. Current examples of this include: Hargreaves plan to start mining at Field House, County Durham. A new application […]

Last week campaigners closed down Bank’s Shotton opencast mine in Northumberland. For the full story see this article from the New Statesman. “So these are the reasons why I’m breaking the law today, sitting in a hole in the ground in Northumberland, locked onto a coal mining machine as the rain falls gently around me. […]

Contradictory Opencast Coal
October 20, 2015

Banks have submitted their application to mine near to Druridge Bay, Northumberland tourist spot in the same week that Celtic Energy announces that they are going to mothball their Selar opencast coal mine in South Wales as it is uneconomic. The two pieces of information show that although there has been a significant reduction in […]

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Druridge Scoping Report
January 8, 2015

Mining company Banks have released their scoping report for the site they call Highthorn, at Widdrington, Northumberland. The site lies between the village and the beach close to Druridge Bay. The scoping report includes changes in their plans. These changes include the time between the proposed start of operations in 2016 to the completion of […]