Key facts: Glan Lash opencast coal mine expansion

There are many calls to reject the proposed expansion of the Glan Lash opencast coal mine on the grounds of climate change, citing Planning Policy Wales (Edition 10). But Llandybie Community Council and Councillor Davies support it—citing jobs (six), a modest community fund, and repeating the company’s claims of 'low climate change impact'. See our quick read or full overview on the Glan Lash coal mine extension application. Email the Councillors responsible for deciding the fate of this coal mine application.


Key facts & figures

Coal to be sold: 95,000 tonnes in total - around 325 tonnes per week

Volume of 'overburden' (ecosystem) to be removed to access coal: 2,294,652 m3

CO2: Approximately 229,000 tonnes of CO2 in total (2022 BEIS Conversion Factors)

Methane: 659 tonnes in total - 108 tonnes each year.

Coal operator: Bryn Bach Coal Ltd – since 2012

Type: Anthracite coal

Mining method: Opencast

Claimed destination: steelworks, domestic heating, water filtration, brick colourant etc.

Local Planning Authority: Carmarthenshire County Council

Address: Glan Lash Mine Site, Shands Road, Llandybie, Blaenau, Carmarthenshire SA18 3NA

Physical size: 10.03 hectares with a void of 6.68 hectares

Time: 6.1 years

Published: 17/08/2022

Share now:

Notify of

Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
9 months ago

The Globalist ( read Imperial ) mindset has not changed in centuries, it is simply GREED IS GOOD , irrespective of the harm it does to others or the environment . Mining coal, even clean coal like anthracite, goes against the stated agenda of net zero by 2030 or any date. Where there is money to be made , the greedy will sniff it out and descend like vultures. The Wasteminster consensus is to make mo ey now. This local obscenity fits hand in glove with the Sunak opening again of the North Sea to màny dozens of oil/ gas exploration. Those that follow the ideology are blind to the mess they make and the damage done to the Earth. They can’t be cured of this greed, it has no cure.

8 months ago

Congratulations! Dams Heg Inc in Australia is challenging the expansion of Mt pleasant coal mine. They want to mine 21MT/yr until 2048, it’s been approved!

Never miss an update! Sign up to our Newsletter


Hearing date set for proposed West Cumbria Coal mine

The legal challenges against the government’s approval of a new coal mine off the coast of Cumbria will be heard in London on the 16th to 18th July.

Support local campaign group resist Bedwas coal mine

Mining company, ERI Ltd, is applying to mine nearly half a million tonnes of coal from two coal tips dumped in Caerphilly, South Wales by the same mining industry last time it operated in the area.

Bedwas coal tips: Key facts and impacts

Mining company, ERI Ltd, is applying to mine nearly half a million tonnes of coal from two coal tips dumped in Caerphilly, South Wales, by the mining industry last time it operated in the area. It’s vital we stop this shameless attempt to exploit the mess left behind by the mining industry to justify yet more mining. If the coal tip mining were to go ahead, it would…

Ffos-y-fran opencast coal mine quietly becomes a massive reservoir

Coal Action Network’s drone footage on Monday 11th March raised the alarm bell about the rising water levels. With this footage, a local resident informed Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council of the rising water levels, only to be told…

Global Week of Action: Putting Insurance Industry in the Hot Seat

The insurance industry found itself in the spotlight last week as a Global Week of Action blossomed across the world. From February 27th to March 3rd 2024, a wave of protests, both online and in the streets, swept through the doors of insurance giants, demanding accountability over their support for polluters and decisive action on climate change.

Protesters walk with banner reading 'Insure Our Futures Not Polluters'

Success: Yet another major insurer rules out coal and oil projects

After a week of peaceful protest around the world, alongside hundreds of groups, our efforts have paid off. Yet another leading insurance company, Probitas, has ruled out insuring the proposed West Cumbria coal mine and the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).

Bedwas coal tip: a new frontier for coal in South Wales?

‘Energy Recovery Investments Ltd’ is proprosing to extract the coal from 3 large coal tips in Bedwas, Caerphilly, South Wales. The company claims that it would use some of the sales of the coal to restore those coal tips later. The coal tips lie above a coal seam, which the company claims it would coincidentally have to dig into to create ‘lagoons’ for processing the coal from the coal tips…

Charges dropped for activists blocking Ffos-y-fran coal mine

The Crown Prosecution Service has dropped all charges against the four Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists who blockaded the entrance to the UK’s largest open-cast coal mine, last summer with a pink boat. While removing the immediate burden of legal confrontation for the defendants, the decision has left a “crater of unfinished business” in the fight for climate justice and accountability for local residents…

Coal clings on in Aberpergwm appeal

Citing different grounds to the High Court, the Court of Appeal has nevertheless found against our appeal. The Court of Appeal judges disagreed with the judge in the High Court, and decided that current statute limits Welsh Ministers to only deciding whether a new conditional licence may be issued…


Share now:

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x