Yesterday, 1st October 2015, saw the first speakers from the local community opposing the application by Hargreaves to mine half a million tonnes of coal from Pittington Co. Durham. The public inquiry opened on Tuesday with speakers from the council defending their decision to reject the application in June 2014. Yesterday speakers from the community […]

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Earlier today activists from Take Back the Land! visited Lord Home’s mansion in the Douglas Valley and opencasted his garden, hoping to bring the issues closer to home for him. Lord Home owns Mainshill and all of Glentaggart East which is currently being occupied by an action camp. Of course only some of the things […]

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Huntington Lane has just released information that it is currently being evicted by the National Eviction team. People are resisting the eviction and occupying tunnels and a tower. The protest site’s communique reads: The national eviction team came onto site this morning and escorted support crew off and are busily taking down ground structures. Unfortunately […]

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The Minorca Opencast Protest Group has produced research showing the current and possible future locations for opencast coal mining in England. In all it identifies 23 current sites and 43 potential sites, including sites in Co Durham, Northumberland and Gateshead. The research has been produced to support the arguments for the 500 Metre Buffer Zone […]

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On Tuesday 12th October Midlothian Council voted unanimously to reject Scottish Coal’s application for a 2 million tonne open cast coal mine next to the village of Cousland. Communities Against Airfield Open Cast have staged their hard-fought campaign for over two years now, achieving the best possible outcome, and very successfully convincing the planners to […]

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On Sunday afternoon a beautiful corner of Happendon Wood in the Douglas Valley, South Lanarkshire, was occupied to prevent its open casting and subsequent retail/industrial development. The camp will also serve as a base to organise within surrounding communities and to take action against coal infrastructure in Scottish Coal’s heartland. [New site taken! Come on […]

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Reposted from Coal Action Scotland: The on-going battle over open cast coal in the Douglas Valley has had a shocking development, with South Lanarkshire Council issuing each member of the Douglas and Glespin Community Council with legal notices that proceedings against them are to begin at Lanark Sheriff Court over alleged libel claims. This move […]

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On the 12th March a new site was set up near Telford, Shropshire, opposing one of UK Coal’s latest mines. The 900,000 tonnes of coal due to be excavated will have devastating effects on one of the most valuable areas of ancient woodland in the borough. The 230 acre site due to be excavated eats […]

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On 26th April freight trains filled with coal dug from the Ffos-y-Fran open cast coal mine were stopped in their tracks by a determined group of campaigners. Here’s their action report: A group of individuals who met through the Rising Tide network and were inspired to take direct action against the route causes of climate […]