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 […]

Reclaim the Power’s ‘Solidarity Sunday’, focussed on solidarity with the local community living next to the existing mine, Ffos-y-fran and the proposed mine site, Nant Llesg and international struggles against the coal industry. It was the second day of the End Coal Now camp by Reclaim the Power. Campers travelled to Fochriw village hall to […]

HUNDREDS SET UP CAMP AHEAD OF MASS ACTION AT UK’S LARGEST COAL MINE Merthyr Tydfil, Wales – Today hundreds of people set up camp to shut down the UK’s largest opencast coal mine – Ffos-y-fran – just days before Wales goes to the polls. As a beautiful dawn broke this morning, activists from Wales and […]

Campaigners cautiously welcome of Aberthaw’s reduced hours announcement Local and national anti-opencast coal activists welcome the news that Aberthaw power station is to restrict its operating hours and reduce its consumption of Welsh coal from April 2017. Aberthaw power station is a massive emitter of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and the EU commission has accused the […]

A new report from Friends of the Earth Cymru outlines exactly why we need to close Aberthaw power station. Download it from here. Key points include: Aberthaw is the third-largest point source of toxic nitrogen oxides in Europe. Nitrogen oxides are a group of toxic gases that are harmful to ecosystems and human health. Aberthaw […]

Reprinted from www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/guy-shrubsole/as-wales-rejects-opencast-mine-is-end-of-coal-nigh   Guy Shrubsole 6 August 2015 Yesterday, something extraordinary happened: a council in South Wales, the birthplace of the fossil fuel age, defied the coal industry and said no to an opencast coal mine. Wales kickstarted the industrial revolution with coal from the valleys around Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney. But yesterday councillors for […]

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A great result for all those who have campaigned over the months and years against another enormous opencast adjacent to the controversial Ffos-y-Fran site. Today’s planning hearing for Miller Argent’s proposal to mine 6 million tonnes from the Nant Llesg site gave the best possible result. The councillors voted unanimously against the proposal and the […]

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The decision on Miller Argent’s application to mine coal from Nant Llesg, Rhymney Valley, near Merthyr Tydfil is to be made on the 24th June 2015. The company already operates the nearby and highly controversial Ffos-y-Fran mine. Not sure what the impacts for local people living in the shadow of mines is? Check out Alyson’s […]