Check out our campaign milestones to stop the Aberpergwm coal mine expansion from November 2021 until now, with our judicial review challenge to the Welsh Government and UK Coal Authority regulator.
Several years ago West Cumbria Mining Ltd, backed by an Australian company applied to extract coal from a new underground coking coal mine under the sea by Whitehaven, Cumbria. A decision is now due, but there are some using the appalling invasion of Ukraine by Russia to justify more mining in the UK.
New Age Exploration Ltd (NAE Ltd) proposes to extract up to 33.7 million tonnes of coking coal for steelworks in South West Scotland. This may worsen local air quality, reduce the value of nearby residential properties, make local roads more dangerous with HGV traffic, and will emit around 73 million tonnes of CO2 and around 750 thousand tonnes of methane.
The UK still extracts and imports coal, primarily through opencast mining methods, for steel and cement production as well as for power stations.
There are several new coal mines proposed in the planning system awaiting approval, and these have been delayed and contested by grassroots community campaigns.