Campaigns to stop Woodhouse Colliery: Cumbria

Woodhouse Colliery

West Cumbria Mining proposes 'Woodhouse Colliery', a 50-year mine near Whitehaven in Cumbria which would produce 2.78 million tonnes of coking coal a year. The large scale underground and under-sea mine would generate over 9 million tonnes of CO2 per year producing coking coal with over 85% being exported to European steel works.

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/

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While the application was approved in 2019 and again in October 2020 by Cumbria County Council, it is now going to Public Inquiry in September 2021. Following the public inquiry the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, currently Robert Jenrick, will decide the application.

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Bill Hartley
Bill Hartley
8 months ago

I am appalled to hear that the company is to acquire steam locomotives to haul coal from the mine. The reason for this is to avoid using diesel fuel!

Alan Heath
Alan Heath
7 months ago

I volunteer in local groups for FoE, Greenpeace and XR in Northants- I’m shocked that we have not been called to help you with this key campaign- key to COP26 etc. Sorry to hear it has been voted for by local gov-
I gather from an article in the Ecologist you now ail to challenge through judicial review but need funds-
We should campaign here and across the whole country to support you in this-
I’ll try and get the ball rolling- sorry to join so late- didn’t hear about it-
How do you think/feel we can most help?

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