Campaign to Protect Pont Valley: Durham

Campaign to Protect Pont Valley: Durham

Lead by residents near to Dipton and Leadgate, County Durham, Campaign to Protect Pont Valley was formed in response to Banks Group's 2018 acquisition of mining rights won by the liquidated UK Coal. The community had fought over 30 years to stop UK Coal, and in 2019 teamed up with national and international activists to bring a vibrant and inspiring campaign which mixed direct action with political lobbying and legal challenges.

Email: protectpontvalley@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/protectpontvalley

 

Campaign to Protect Pont Valley: The Latest

While the 500,000 tonne Bradley coal extraction site went ahead as planned in 2018, the campaign went on to prevent the extension of the mine, 'West Bradley' in June 2020. The company is not appealling the decision, so the campaign has successfully stopped the spread of opencast coal from Bradley in the Pont Valley.

The local campaign is still active in making sure the company meets it's obligations under the 12 month 'restoration' phase, to ensure the best possible reparation for the damage done to the valley.

The Bradley campaign raised the profile of campaigns against opencast coal mining in the UK, and supported and inspired the still active campaign in Newcastle, Defend Dewley Hill.

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OTHER GROUPS

Defend Dewley Hill

A community campaign group lead by residents of Throckley, Newcastle, against Banks Group’s plan to extract 800,000 tonnes of coal and 40,000 tonnes of fireclay from agricultural and wooded land.

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‘Woodhouse Colliery’, a 50-year mine near Whitehaven in Cumbria would run until 2070. The large scale underground and under-sea mine would generate over 9 million tonnes of CO2 per year producing coking coal to be exported to Europe.

Save Druridge

Save Druridge continue to defend the idyllic Northumbrian coastline and tourist destination ‘Druridge Bay’ from becoming a 3 million tonne opencast coal mine, known as ‘Highthorn’ proposed by Banks Group.

UVAG (United Valleys Action Group)

UVAG (United Valleys Action Group) is a community campaign group working in the Heads of The Valleys zone in South Wales since 2010.

London Mining Network

London Mining Network (LMN) is an alliance of human rights, development, environmental and solidarity groups of which Coal Action Network is a member. The network focuses on international mining companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Still Burning

A Europe-wide network opposing imports of coal to Europe through direct action and education, with a focus on neocolonialism in European coal consumption

Europe Beyond Coal

Europe Beyond Coal’s campaign goal is to ensure coal is phased out throughout Europe by 2030 at the latest.

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