Druridge Bay inquiry closes
June 23, 2017

Wednesday 21st June saw the end of a three week public inquiry into the fate of Druridge Bay. Save Druridge, the local opposition group and Friends of the Earth showed why this area’s value is far greater than 3 million tonnes of coal. Local people spoke from their heart of the tranquility of the beaches, […]

— Interim snap shot of the days the Coal Action Network has seen of the public inquiry into Banks Mining’s application to opencast mine at Druridge Bay. — The public inquiry which will decide the future of Druridge Bay in Northumberland is reaching the end of its second week. Bank’s mining has presented its witnesses […]

Next Wednesday (31st May) is the first day of a public inquiry which will decide whether 3 million tonnes of coal will be mined from near Druridge Bay in Northumberland. On the day that the inquiry begins there will be a rallies organised by Save Druridge and Friends of the Earth. The inquiry is being […]

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 […]

Ferneybeds opencast plan scrapped
November 21, 2016

Banks mining company has announced that it wont mine 752,000 tonnes of coal from Ferneybeds, in Northumberland. The news is welcomed by local campaigners, who are pleased that they wont be subject to dust coming from the mine, increased HGVs on local roads, noise, light pollution and loss of habitat. The application to mine at […]

Dewley Hill coal mine application
October 17, 2016

Controversial mining company Banks wants to opencast mine for coal at Dewley Hill on the outskirts of Newcastle. The site lies just north of the A69, the nearest concentration of houses is Throckley a village in the 10% of most deprived communities in the country. The next nearest collection of houses are at Darras Hall, […]

Excellent news today (8th September 2016). Local campaigners heard that the government is going to decide the planning application to mine coal at Highthorn. Local people have been fighting against a 3 million tonne opencast coal mine near the Northumberland coastline for several years. Despite a strong campaign against the coal mine Northumberland County Council […]

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 […]

Three foreign human rights and environmental campaigners have come together to reject the application by Banks Group to mine at Highthorn, Northumberland. The local campaign, Save Druridge have been doing brilliant work in raising fighting this application. Activists from Colombia, Russia and Indonesia, who are all battling against coal mines in their own countries, have […]