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 […]

Update on the Hilltop Application
January 27, 2016

You may have thought that, because everything had gone very quiet in the last few months, nothing more was going to be heard of Provectus and their opencast mining plans. I’m afraid you were wrong, Provectus Remediation Ltd have at last got around to submitting their revised application. Back in September it was announced that […]

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 […]

Hargreaves tries to bribe opposition
October 13, 2015

Scotland’s biggest opencast operator Hargreaves has been shown to be trying to bribe a local resident opposing its mine application in County Durham. At the public inquiry, due to end today, evidence has come to light of Hargreaves offering to exchange land for “withdrawing any objection(s)” by Steve MacQuarry, the Planning Director for Hargreaves. To […]

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Representatives of fifty three groups from twenty three countries who are opposing coal mining and working for climate justice have signed an open letter against UK opencast coal mining. The letter, addressed to the Planning Inspectorate and Derbyshire County Council, asks for two opencast coal mine applications to be refused, as “English law enables applications […]

Another incompetent coal company
September 8, 2015

Planning application withdrawn… …but to be resubmitted straight away! Communities near Clay Cross in Derbyshire were expecting the planning hearing to decide on an opencast application incredibly close to hundreds of houses to be heard in the next couple of months. However, the coal company Provectus, have shown themselves to be incompetent. For background info […]

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 […]

TOMORROW- WE NEED A SHOW OF UNITY AND COMMUNITY TOMORROW. PLEASE GET TO TY PENALLTA FOR 3.30pm (from United Valleys Action Group) Ty Penallta. Tredomen Park. Ystrad Mynach. CF82 7PG Come to the rally against proposed mine at Nant Llesg next to the enormous Ffos-y-fran opencast. Coal company Miller Argent is applying pressure to the […]

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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 […]