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 […]

This week campaign group Stop Cauldhall Opencast has welcomed the news that coal company Hargreaves has withdrawn its application for a ten million tonne opencast mine at Cauldhall Moor near Rosewell. The application was approved in 2013, although work has never started. Stop Cauldhall Opencast has called on Midlothian Council to change the way they […]

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, […]

Want to help stop an opencast in the UK? The British site in Torfaen, South Wales should be taken back into public ownership and remediate without the need of opencast mining. The local campaign are asking for letters to support the case for real remediation without coal mining. Please feel free to copy and paste […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vladimir Slivyak from Ecodefense spoke with knowledge and depth about the issues affecting communities living next to opencast coal mines in the Kuzbass region of Russia. This is the main part of Russia producing coal for export markets, the UK is the second biggest consumer of Russian coal, after China. Vladimir and Anne Harris, from […]

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 […]

May 6, 2016 By  Mathieu Munsch, PhD student in climate change politics (From Fossil Free Strathclyde‘s website. CAN wanted to write something about the action, but feel like this piece is excellent, deserves wide circulation and covers everything we would have said. Excellent work.) It is 4 am and I can’t sleep. A year ago, […]

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