Coal Action Network

[Copied from a Hilltop Action Group email] Site Notices have now been put up on telegraph poles around the proposed site and letters sent to residents living nearest to the site boundary giving details of the consultation period. The notices state that representations should be submitted by 4 March 2016. However, we understand that all […]

SSE’s Fiddler’s Ferry power station at Cuerdley, near Warrington is powered by coal from countries whose mining industries are implicated in paramilitary violence, vast ecological destruction and displacing indigenous communities, a new report from the Coal Action Network Ditch Coal has exposed. It is one of the remaining 12 power stations in the UK and […]

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 […]

2015 – What a Year
January 12, 2016

2015 was busy year for the Coal Action Network (CAN), community groups and others working against coal mining, power stations and coal infrastructure. We wanted to give a brief round up of what has happened and what we are looking forward to in 2016. The situation for coal mining in the UK changed dramatically this […]

At the end of 2015 Lynemouth Power station burnt its last coal. A small coal power station which was originally built to power the Rio Tinto/ Alcan aluminium smelter lying next to it. Since the smelter closed the power station has been contributing to the national grid. It was turned off on the 22nd December […]

UK Energy Policy: More bad ideas
December 18, 2015

(This article has been republished from Roar Mag, ROAR is an independent journal of the radical imagination providing grassroots perspectives from the front-lines of the global struggle for real democracy.) Unless it is combined with deeper social change, the UK’s decision to phase out the use of coal-fired power plants will unfortunately remain a meaningless […]

COP21: a victory for big business
December 15, 2015

If a definitive sign was needed that the big winner of the COP21 process is the fossil fuel industry, it’s the fact that the words “fossil fuels” don’t feature once in the Paris agreement text. Far from cutting the big polluters down to size and forcing urgent action on climate change, the agreement has merely […]


On 26th November 2015 the Government announced that it would no longer be offering £1 billion in a competition to help commercialize technology for capturing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and storing it. This process is called carbon capture and storage (CCS). This affects two projects, one for gas at Peterhead in Aberdeenshire and […]

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