Campaigns to stop Woodhouse Colliery: Cumbria

Woodhouse Colliery

West Cumbria Mining proposes 'Woodhouse Colliery', a 50-year mine near Whitehaven in Cumbria which 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.

Campaigns to stop Woodhouse Colliery: Cumbria

There are two main campaigns to stop Woodhouse Colliery

South Lakes Action on Climate Change (Towards Transition) undertake a range of climate-related activities in the South Lakes Area. They bring planning expertise to the campaign to stop Whitehaven, and have useful resources on their website:

Website: https://slacc.org.uk/campaigns/cumbria-coal-mine/

Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole is run by Radiation-free Lakeland, focussing on the site's proximity to Sellafield nuclear plant and on local environmental impacts.

Website: https://keepcumbriancoalinthehole.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stopthecumbriancoal/

Latest news

While the application was approved in 2019, in 2020 it returned to the drawing board as a result of legal and planning challenges brought by Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole and solicitors firm Leigh Day. The plans could be decided on afresh as soon as October 2020. The deadline for objections has passed but there may be more actions coming up.

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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.

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.

Campaign to Protect Pont Valley: Durham

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.

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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