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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

Objection letters needed
February 8, 2014

STOP the OPENCAST between PITTINGTON and WEST RAINTON Hargreaves Surface Mining Ltd have submitted an application to mine for 514,000 tonnes of coal and up to 83,000 tonnes of fireclay from Field House Farm, north of Low Pittington. The application (no. CMA/4/107) is due before the County Council’s Planning Committee early in 2014. (Probably March 4th)