Banks Group and West Cumbria Mining, are trying to start coal mines based on the idea that digging up coal locally is better for the climate, because otherwise it would come from abroad.
Professor Paul Ekins O.B.E., a leading resource enconomist at UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources, explains why this is 'economic nonsense', and how digging up more coal adds to greenhouse gas emissions, no matter where it comes from.
The video footage shows the opencast coal extraction at Bradley, Pont Valley, County Durham which was operational June 2018-August 2020.
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Newcastle City Council are expected to decide whether to protect the area at Dewley Hill to the West of the city, or if Banks Group is allowed to opencast it instead before the end of the year. The hearing will either be the 20th November or the 18th December.
If this mine were to go ahead it would mean the first new underground coal mine to be started in the UK in many years. Now the decision will go to Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick,
TWO Opencast coal mines rejected this summer! Plus: plans for coking coal mines and power station closure dates
Late on the 8th September 2020, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government said that Banks Group will not be allowed to extract coal from Highthorn, close to Druridge Bay, Northumberland. Save Druridge, the local community group, are delighted.
Campaign to Protect Pont Valley and other local people are delighted that Banks plans to further exploit the Pont Valley were dashed.
We are helping to fight two legal battles, one against the government for allowing the opencast to go ahead and the other against Banks itself for destroying the breeding grounds of a protected species.
Banks Group want to expand the Bradley Opencast coal mine in the Pont Valley. Campaign to Protect Pont Valley have launched a new campaign to oppose this planning application and they need your support.
Decisions on coal mines still pending despite reduced coal demand & power station closures
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