UK’s major campaign groups unite against Bradley opencast
18th May 2018

Campaign groups including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, WWF and 38 Degrees have challenged the recently appointed Secretary of State for Communities, James Brokenshire, to ‘act urgently to secure this government’s position as a world leader in phasing out coal’, by revoking the permit for an opencast coal mine set to go ahead in the Pont Valley, County Durham within weeks.

The organisations which represent hundreds of thousands of members, argued in a letter to the Secretary of State that allowing the extraction of a further 550,000 tonnes of coal in the UK would be a ‘retrograde step’.

Open Letter_ James Brokenshire re Pont Valley Opencast Coal Mine(2)
Open Letter page 2_ James Brokenshire re Pont Valley Opencast Coal Mine(2)


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  1. Great letter. Can I please copy it to my MP?

    1. yes absolutely

  2. Given the UK’s commitments to lower carbon emissions, and the growing realisation of the importance of wild open spaces, I find it ridiculous that proposals for a new open-cast coal mine are being considered. Please halt this project as soon as possible.